Volkswagen has been calling 2021 the year of the Taigun and for good reasons as well. It has finally decided to enter the fastest-growing segment in the country, the SUV segment. Also, VW has planned to take the fight directly to the segment leader in the form of Hyundai Creta. This clearly indicates that VW means business and it has come all guns blazing. Underpinned by the Indianized MQB A0 IN platform, the Taigun will come with around 95% localization to help keep the costs in check. Skoda has also brought its Kushaq SUV, which will be the sister product of the Taigun in India. Together, they have decided to join forces to assault and gather a healthy chunk of the market for themselves. Now, the reports are that the Taigun will be launched in August 2021 and the unofficial bookings at certain dealerships have started. Let us remind ourselves what the VW Taigun will come equipped with.
VW Taigun- Exterior Highlights
The Taigun is typically Volkswagen when it comes to exterior styling. The front is a bold look with LED Headlamps with DRLs. The front also looks kind of shiny with chrome on the front grille. The flat bonnet will allow for good visibility. The front bumpers are designed to give the SUV a sporty look. The alloys are also typical Volkswagen, in that, VW uses this alloys design on all of their international SUVs. The sides are accentuated by 17-inch alloy wheels, sharp creases and a boxy stance. The rear looks very modern with continuous LED tail lamps by a blacked-out glass bar that runs across the width of the car and there is a chrome bar on the rear bumper as well. This is in line with the design language that one can find in the European versions of T-Roc and T-Cross. The wheelbase is 2651mm which will be the largest in the segment, which translates into plenty of rear cabin space for the passengers.
VW Taigun- Interiors, Features and Safety
This time around, VW has equipped the mid-size SUV with a ton of modern features and conveniences. This is essential if it wants to woo the customers away from the feature-packed Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The interior of the Taigun looks modern and premium and have features like a 10-inch latest Digital Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Digital Virtual Cockpit Style Instrument Cluster with a customizable display, Type C USB charging port, My Volkswagen Connect Connected Tech, Ventilated Leather Front Seats, Ambient Lighting, Flat-bottom Steering Wheel with Audio Controls and Voice Recognition, Electric Sunroof and much more. The rear cabin space is huge because of the large wheelbase. On the safety front, there features like 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Deflation Warning, Rear Parking Distance Control, Hill Hold Control, 3-head Restraints at the rear, Child Seat Mounts, 3-point Seatbelts for the third passenger at the rear too and much more.
VW Taigun- Engines, Transmissions, Rivals and Expected Prices
There are two turbo petrol engines on offer with direct injection technology for more power and efficiency. The first one is a 1.0-litre TSI engine, making 115hp and 175Nm and the second, a 1.5-litre TSI engine making 150hp and 250Nm. The smaller engine will come with either a 6-speed manual or an automatic transmission option and the larger engine will come with a 7-speed DSG (DCT) gearbox. VW has achieved around 95% localization with the Taigun, which translates to competitive prices which might be in the range of Rs 10 lakh to Rs 17 lakh, ex-showroom. These prices will be at par with the Korean rivals which are also the most popular in the segment. This includes Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos along with other competitors like Tata Harrier, MG Hector and the upcoming Skoda Kushaq. The unofficial bookings have started at certain dealerships with Rs 50,000 as the booking amount.
Source: Times Now