The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg, October 28, 2013. Volkswagen is due to present company results on Wednesday. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer
In Picture: The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is seen at a VW dealership in Hamburg.Reuters

German carmaker Volkswagen is reportedly gearing up to launch a sub-four-metre SUV christened Taigun in the lucrative Indian SUV market.

The latest buzz is that the Taigun, a possible rival of India's best selling Ford EcoSport and iconic Renault Duster, will mark its entry into the domestic market at the upcoming extravaganza Auto Expo 2014. Volkswagen Taigun, first showcased at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show in 2012, is based on the company's Up! front-wheel drive New Small Family platform (NSF)  and the vehicle measures 3,859mm in length. According to the AutoCarIndia report, Volkswagen is considering a stretched version of the Taigun while keeping the length under four metres.

Globally, the Taigun is powered by a 3-cylinder turbocharged one-litre petrol engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. If launched in India, the Ford EcoSport rival is likely to draw its power from 1.2-litre 4-cylinder TSI petrol engine and is expected to offer a fuel efficiency of 22.22kmpl. The report hinted that the Volkswagen could also launch the diesel version of Taigun, considering the increasing demand for diesel-equipped cars in the sub-continent market.

As far as the style is concerned, the Volkswagen Taigun flaunts a sporty and impressive look with its stylish front and tailgate design. Even though the car makes its debut at the Auto Expo 2014, reports suggest that the car will see the light of the day only in 2015/2016.The ET reported that the car is likely to fall in the price brackets of INR10-12 lakh.