The Volkswagen Taigun is all set to hit showrooms later this year and VW India has released the first official teaser of the upcoming SUV in the production-spec version. The new Taigun is a made-in-India, made-for-India model and the third launch in the brand’s SUV offensive that includes the Tiguan AllSpace and T-Roc so far. It also marks a new chapter for the brand as it will kick-start the Volkswagen India 2.0 strategy in the market that has seen an investment of over $1 billion so far. The new Taigun will be competing in the compact SUV segment against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier among other offerings.
The teaser image of the Volkswagen Taigun looks identical to the prototype that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. Subtle changes aside, almost everything has been carried over and the SUV looks smart and urban, while carrying a very VW familial design language. The model comes with LED headlamps with projector lens, bright colours, black cladding and lots of chrome on the front. Also notice the machine-cut dual-tone alloy wheels and the silver skid plate.
The cabin will remain identical to the prototype on the production-spec Taigun, so expect to see an 8-inch infotainment system, digital instrument console, flat-bottom steering wheel, auto climate control, connected car technology and an electric sunroof among other goodies. Much like other VW cars, the model will boast of excellent quality levels and Volkswagen India says that it will be localising the car to over 90 per cent. So, lesser parts issues and more competitive pricing too.
Under the hood, the Volkswagen Taigun will draw power from only petrol engines. This is likely to include the 1.0-litre TSI and the 1.5-litre TSI mills. Both engines are turbocharged and will send power to the front wheels using a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed DSG automatic. A diesel version won’t be on sale but it is rumoured that Volkswagen India could surprise the market with a factory-fitted CNG version. In, sister brand Skoda was recently testing the Rapid CNG around Pune.
Pricing will be a crucial factor in the success of the Volkswagen Taigun, which is also a cousin to the Skoda Kushaq that goes on sale by the middle of the year. Both models are based on the locally-developed MQB-A0-IN platform that has been specifically made for India, and a derivative of the more expensive MQB architecture that underpins cars under the VW umbrella. We do think VW India will go all out in terms of pricing and the base version could start from under Rs. 10 lakh before topping out around Rs. 15 lakh (ex-showroom). With a number of launches lined up, 2021 will be an interesting year to look forward to.