The time has finally come – Volkswagen is launching the brand new Volkswagen Taigun, its first mid-size SUV for India, this afternoon. The Taigun celebrated its world premiere in 2020 and was presented in its final, ready-to-drive form in March of this year, following the Skoda Kushaq launch as part of the company’s ambitious India 2.0 plan.
The standard Volkswagen Taigun remains largely identical to the concept presented in 2020. It retains almost all of the design and styling features of the concept, with the only changes being the chrome strips for the door handles, smaller alloy wheels and the deletion of the C-pillar stickers. Other notable design elements include black, decorative taillights (that emphasize the width of the Taigun), man-made front and rear protection panels, heavy body panels, distinctive roof rails, and chunky alloy wheels.
The Taigun is based on the MQB A0 IN platform from Volkswagen AG, which is tailor-made for India and is designed for up to 95 percent local content and will also form the basis for the Taigun and the new sedans from Skoda and Volkswagen that are due at the end of this year. The Volkswagen Taigun has a wheelbase of 2,651mm, which is 41mm longer than that of the king of India’s midsize SUV space, the Hyundai Creta.
At the center of the Taigun’s appealing dashboard is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the center console has just a handful of buttons. Underneath is the touch panel for the air conditioning, and a major difference between the Taigun and the Kushaq is the presence of a digital instrument display, which the Skoda lacks.
The high-quality Volkswagen Taigun variants will be equipped with ventilated front seats, automatic air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat and safety equipment with up to six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), hill start assist, cruise control and a tire pressure monitoring system.
The Volkswagen Taigun is offered with two turbo gasoline engines – a 1.0-liter three-cylinder with 110 hp and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 150 hp. A six-speed manual transmission will be standard on both engines, but the 1.0-liter version will also be available with a six-speed torque converter automatic, while the 1.5-liter model will have the option of a seven-speed dual clutch automatic ( DSG). Anyone looking for a diesel SUV will be disappointed because the Taigun is not offered with a diesel engine.
With 92 percent localization right from the start, the Volkswagen Taigun should come onto the market at a competitive starting price. Expect Volkswagen Taigun’s prices to be in the range of Rs 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom), which gives it the pep it needs to take on established players in the segment like the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.
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