Volkswagen is working on entering the mid-size SUV segment with a new SUV. Yes, they currently have the T-Roc but that is available in limited numbers only and is priced much higher when compared to other mid-size SUVs in the competition. The new SUV will be called Taigun and the concept version of the Taigun was first showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The concept looked a lot closer to the production-spec of the Taigun which was earlier spotted on a test. Now, the pictures of a production-spec form of the Taigun has leaked ahead of launch.
The new pictures give us a good idea about how the new SUV will feel once it hits the Indian roads. The pictures are of the GT variant of the Taigun which should be one of the higher-end variants. We know this because on the front grille there is a GT badge. Volkswagen also offers GT variants of the Polo. The SUV does look quite good in the pictures and it should also have a lot of road presence. It looks like a smaller version of the Tiguan, which is already a good looking SUV with simple lines. The Taigun also follows the same look with simple, straight horizontal lines on its bodywork.
At the front, there are horizontal headlamps which come with dual projector headlamps and an LED Daytime Running Lamp. The grille is simple with horizontal chrome slats that neatly integrates with the design of the headlamps. Then there is an aggressive-looking bumper. On which there is a wide faux skidplate finished in silver. There is a hexagonal grille for the air dam. Then there is also a chrome strip that runs between the grille and the air dam, which ends up surrounding the fog lamps which could be offered as halogens instead of LEDs. There are also four lines that have been stamped into the bonnet to accentuate the front presence.
The SUV is finished in Yellow and gets a contrasting black roof just like the one we saw at the Auto Expo 2020. It comes with chrome door handles, body-coloured outside rearview mirrors, shark-fin antenna and silver roof rails which we do not know will be functional or not. There is also a GT badging placed on the front fender and it also gets black plastic cladding all over. The beltline for the windows is black instead of chrome. There are 5-spoke diamond-cut alloy wheels that fill up the wheel arches. We also see simple body lines that start from the front fender and go all the way to the back.
At the rear, we get a body-coloured rear spoiler, rear washer with wiper, LED tail lamps and ‘Taigun’ badging below the number plate. From the pictures, it seems that there will also be a light bar that will connect both the tail lamps just like we saw at the Auto Expo. However, we think that it will just be a reflector strip because offering a rear light bar in this segment could increase the price of the SUV.
Powering the Volkswagen Taigun will be two petrol engine options and no diesel engine. There will be a 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine that will produce 115 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 175 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox or a 6-speed manual gearbox. Then there will be the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine which should be offered with the GT variant. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 250 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch gearbox. Volkswagen Taigun will be launching near the festive season. It will be going against the upcoming Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, MG Hector and the Tata Harrier.