Volkswagen India is gearing up for a launch of a new mid-size SUV that is going to launch under the INDIA 2.0 strategy. The Taigun was showcased as a concept at the Auto Expo 2020 so we know how the SUV will end up looking like. There have been spy shots of the Taigun but for the first time, we see it on the road that too without camouflage.
The video has been uploaded on YouTube by The Fat Biker. The video gives us an idea of the road presence that the SUV will offer. There are two variants that are spotted on the test. So, there are some differences that we can tell between the two variants.
The higher variants come with dual LED projectors headlamps with a LED Daytime Running Lamp placed above the headlamp. In the lower variants. there are twin-pod halogen headlamps with a small LED Daytime Running Lamp placed below the headlamp.
There are also no fog lamps on the lower variants. It also comes with a different alloy wheel design. There will also be different coloured roof rails on both variants. The lower variants will come with black coloured roof rails while the higher variants will come with silver-coloured.
At the front, there are dual chrome slats in the grille. There is a thick chrome slat that runs in the bumper and it also surrounds the fog lamps. There is a hexagonal grille for the air dam and an overall squared-off design. The design language is very Volkswagen-like with clean and simple lines that have a very good road presence on the road.
In fact, the road presence of the Taigun is better than the Kushaq. This is because the Kushaq has a more sporty and angular design whereas the Taigun has better proportions in terms of looking like a SUV.
The Taigun will be offered with a 1.5-litre TSI and a 1.0-litre TSI engine. Both of which are petrol engines as there will be no diesel engine on offer. The 1.5-litre TSI puts out 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 1.0-litre TSI engine will be aimed towards people who are looking out to get more fuel economy and want a more affordable variant. The engine produces 115 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The underpinnings, some of the features, the engine and the transmission will be shared with the Kushaq. Skoda will be launching the Kushaq in June of 2021 with deliveries starting in July.
In terms of equipment, the Taigun will have slightly more features than the Kushaq. For instance, it will come with a digital instrument cluster which Volkswagen calls a digital cockpit. There can also be a high-end audio system that will be paired to a 9.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system that offers Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and connected car technology. It will also come with automatic climate control, tyre pressure monitoring system, stability control, traction control, a multi-information display and much more.
The launch date of Taigun is not yet announced by Volkswagen. It will be going against the Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks and the Tata Harrier.