The long-awaited mid-size SUV from Volkswagen is finally here. The VW Taigun is here to compete against the highest-selling SUV in the country, the Hyundai Creta. We are very excited to share that the German carmaker is now up to compete for a bigger chunk of the market with its India 2.0 strategy. Taigun is the very first VW product based on the MQB A0 IN platform which has been specifically engineered for our market. The sister of the Taigun, the Skoda Kushaq has also been developed on the same platform. It was revealed a couple of weeks ago. The entry of Taigun and Kushaq will cause some serious competition in the mid-size SUV segment going forward and the customers will have an even wider range of options to choose from if they are in the market for an SUV. Let us glance through the details of the Volkswagen Taigun.
VW Taigun – Exterior
The Taigun was showcased in the Auto Expo 2020 and looks unmistakably VW. 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, Safety and Features
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, 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 Taiun, 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 Skoda Kushaq.