The Taigun is the first product under the INDIA 2.0 strategy for Volkswagen. Until now, the launch date for the new mid-size SUV was not confirmed. However, as per the latest reports, the launch of the SUV is expected to happen in August. Due to this, some Volkswagen dealers have started accepting unofficial bookings for the Taigun.
Once launched, the Taigun will be going against the Kia Seltos, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector, Tata Harrier and the soon to be launched Skoda Kushaq. In the competitors, the Hector and the Harrier are larger SUVs than the competitors because of which they cost more also. Volkswagen is expected to price the SUV somewhere between Rs. 10 lakhs ex-showroom to Rs. 17 lakhs ex-showroom.
The Taigun will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform. This platform has been specifically made for India. Volkswagen has heavily localized their global MQB-A0 platform to make the MQB-A0-IN platform. The manufacturer has made a new platform so that they can use it for other upcoming models too. This will help them in saving some money and increase the localization level of manufacturing. In fact, Volkswagen is aiming for a localization level of up to 95 percent.
The same platform will also be used by Skoda Kushaq. Both the SUVs will be sharing the engine and transmission options too. This will help both the manufacturers to price the SUVs more competitively in the Indian market. Another advantage of the new platform is that it offers one of the best wheelbases in the segment. The wheelbase of the Kushaq and the Taigun is 2,651 mm. This should help in liberating good legroom and foot space in the cabin for the occupants.
Both the SUVs will be offered in two engine options, both of which are petrol engine. There will be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder TSI engine. The 1.0-litre TSI produces 115 PS and 175 Nm whereas the 1.5-litre TSI will produce 150 PS and 250 Nm. Both the engines will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Automatic transmissions will also be available with both engines. The 1.0-litre TSI will get a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox while the 1.5-litre TSI will get a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
You can see the typical Volkswagen design elements in the design of the Taigun. The Tiguan has simple straight lines on the body panels. There are not many curves and creases. It reminds you of a smaller version of the Tiguan. There are rectangular LED projector headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lamps while at the rear you get LED tail lamps.
It will also come loaded with features which is important to compete in the segment. It will come with a digital drivers display instead of the traditional instrument cluster. Volkswagen calls it a digital cockpit. There will be automatic climate control, keyless entry, push-button to start/stop, tyre pressure monitoring system, multi-information display, electric adjustment for the seat and a lot more. Volkswagen will also offer a new generation touchscreen infotainment system which will come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Volkswagen’s connected car technology.