Volkswagen India unveiled Taigun compact SUV in the market couple of months ago. Volkswagen will be launching the Taigun compact SUV in the market today and here is all that you need to know about the Taigun. This is Volkswagen’s first product in the country under their new India 2.0 strategy. The production version of the Taigun is actually similar to the version that was showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. We have already driven the Taigun SUV in Udaipur and a detailed review article and video is also available on our website and YouTube channel.
Volkswagen Taigun is based on MQB A0 IN platform. It is the same platform that was also used in Skoda Kushaq. This platform is specifically designed for Indian conditions. Taigun has a design which is unmistakably Volkswagen. It has a European car like design with Volkswagen’s signature SUV grille at the front. The headlamps are positioned in a way that it looks like an extension of the grille itself. LED DRLs are also integrated in it. The headlamps are available as all LED or halogen depending up on the variant.
It has an SUV like stance at the front and coming down, there is chrome garnish that runs from one end of the bumper to the other surrounding the fog lamps. Coming to the side profile, Taigun has a boxy design and there are roof rails that are functional. Taigun will be offered with 17 and 16 inch wheels depending upon the variant you choose.
As we move to the rear, the car gets an all LED tail lamps with an LED light bar running across the boot connecting the tail lamps. Taigun branding is also seen on the lower part of the tailgate. Just like at the front, a chrome garnish can be seen at the rear bumper as well. Taigun will be offered in Wild Cherry Red, Candy White, Reflex Silver, Carbon Steel Grey and Curcuma Yellow colours.
Volkswagen will be offering Taigun in standard and GT Line versions. The number of features will differ from one variant to the other. The top-end GT Line version of the SUV will be offered with carbon fiber and silver finished inserts on dashboard, fully digital instrument cluster, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, touchscreen infotainment screen, wireless phone charger, automatic climate control with touch sensitive panel with grooves. This is similar to what we have seen in Skoda Kushaq.
It will also offer features like push button start/stop, electric sunroof, ventilated seats, reverse parking camera and sensors, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, upto 6 airbags and many more features. A clear picture about the trim levels will be known today at the launch.
Just like Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun will also be offered with two engine options – both petrol. There will be a 1.0 litre TSI and a 1.5 litre TSI engine. The 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine generates 115 Ps and 178 Nm of peak torque. This engine is available with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission option.
The 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine generates 150 Ps and 250 Nm of peak torque. This engine comes with cylinder deactivation technology which shuts down two out of four cylinders in the engine when too much pressure is not put on the engine. This feature helps in improving the overall fuel economy. The same feature is also seen in Skoda Kushaq. The 1.5 TSI engine is offered with a 6-speed manual and a DSG gearbox option.
Price and Rivals
Volkswagen had already started accepting booking for the Taigun SUV. One can book the SUV at any Volkswagen dealership across the country by paying Rs 25,000 booking amount. Volkswagen is expected to price the Taigun quite competitively. It is likely to be priced between Rs 10 lakh to 17 lakh. We expect the pricing to be slightly cheaper than Skoda Kushaq. Vokswagen Taigun will compete with cars like Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the segment.