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Could the VW Taigun Concept Reach US Shores?

Unlikely, but never say never.

What you’re looking at is the latest version of Volkswagen’s Taigun Concept, an earlier version of which debuted at the Sao Paulo auto show back in 2012. Only now it’s having its latest unveiling at this year’s Auto Expo in New Delhi, India. According to VW, the overall global reaction to this small SUV concept has been "overwhelming," and this time it’s been modified to meet some customer recommendations.

Specifically, there’s now fast access to the spare wheel without having to empty the trunk first. Because of that, there’s a newly designed rear section whose lid is hinged on the driver’s side. Power comes from a 1.0-liter direct-injected and turbocharged three-pot that produces 108 hp and 129 lb-ft of torque. It’s even mated to a six-speed manual. The concept also rides on a set of 17-inch wheels. Combined with a solid amount of interior space and its simple-yet-stylish exterior design, the Taigun looks like it’s nearly production ready. The only question is whether it’ll be sold in the US alongside larger siblings, the Tiguan, Touareg, and the just announced three-row crossover.

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