VW believes the Taigun is "too small", reportedly.
According to German publication Focus, VW has cancelled the highly anticipated VW Taigun compact SUV as the company deems it to be "too small". The Taigun previewed a future sub-4m SUV that could rival the likes of the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke.
However, since the prospect of an entry level compact SUV remains interesting, VW will launch a Polo-based SUV that is expected go on sale in 2018. Reports suggest that the SUV will be previewed by a concept study at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in early March. The production version is rumored to be a hair under four meters long.
The Taigun concept made its world debut at the 2012 Sao Paulo Motor Show, targeting emerging markets that favored entry-level, bang-for-the-buck SUVs. It was even showcased at the Auto Expo 2014 in Noida, India, offering customers an insight into a VW sub-4m SUV in one of the world's biggest markets for compact vehicles.
So far, the only SUV that VW will have in its range is the second generation VW Tiguan, which will slot into the premium compact SUV segment. With the cancellation of the Taigun, there may not be a sub-4m VW SUV in the foreseeable future from the German manufacturer, unless VW India takes up a new project specifically for the Indian market - similar to the path taken by Maruti Suzuki for the Vitara Brezza.