Volkswagen has been readying new products for what seems to be a promising year for the brand in India. It can easily be said that this year with new products, could well turn out to be the make or break year for VW. They are betting big on their mid-size Creta-rival SUV, the Taigun by calling this ”the year of Taigun”. Clearly, this is a big deal for the brand. it looks like finally, Volkswagen is up for a fight by targeting the highest-selling SUV in the country, the Hyundai Creta. The mid-size segment is very competitive at the moment with products like the Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and Kia Seltos. But can VW take away customers from these popular products by offering a higher quality product in Taigun with a driver-oriented focus or not, we will find out very soon. The VW Taigun is expected to be launched by mid-2021 in our market. Let us take a look at the spy shots and what to expect from the Taigun.
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Volkswagen Taigun – Exterior, Interior and Features
The Taigun was showcased in the Auto Expo 2020 and looks unmistakably VW. The front is a bold look with LED Headlamps and 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 sharp creases and a boxy stance. The rear looks very modern with connected LED tail lamps by a blacked-out glass bar that runs across the width of the car. This is in line with the design language that one can find in the European versions of T-Roc and T-Cross. The wheelbase will likely be 2651mm.
The interiors will likely feature high-quality material in the cabin including dashboard design and plastics used. There will be the latest Digital Infotainment System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Digital Cockpit Style Instrument Cluster with a customizable display, Flat-bottom Steering Wheel with Audio Controls and Voice Recognition, Electric Sunroof and much more. We expect Volkswagen to make the cabin feature-rich, along with plenty of comfort, convenience and safety features to compete against the likes of Creta and Seltos. There will likely be plenty of safety kit as well including 6 Airbags, ABS with EBD and ESC. The ground clearance of 205mm will enable it to go off-road for a weekend getaway trip.
Volkswagen Taigun – Engines, Prices and Rivals
The thing that is confirmed with the Taigun is the engine options on offer. There will be two turbo petrol engines on offer with direct injection technology for more power and efficiency. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI engine, making 115hp and 200Nm and a 1.5-litre TSI engine making 150hp. 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. The powerful engine along with strong driving dynamics will likely be the strong points of Taigun. The expected prices will range between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 18 lakh, ex-showroom. It might just be a bit expensive than the rivals but then it will offer a ton of quality for the extra money. As mentioned before, the rivals of the Taigun will be Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the upcoming Skoda Kushaq.