Volkswagen will soon be launching its new mid-size SUV in India. It will be called the Taigun and is expected to get launched in the third week of September. The new SUV will sit below the Volkswagen T-Roc which comes to India as a CBU import. The Taigun was recently spotted while it was on a test. The images are quite clear as the SUV is not wearing any camouflage.
The Taigun that is spotted looks like a mid-variant as it does not get LED headlamps and diamond-cut alloy wheels. Also, it is missing the GT badge on the front grille. The GT variant is expected to be the top-end variant of the Taigun. The GT variant also comes with a chrome grille which we can see is missing in the spy shots. The spied SUV was finished in white single tone colour.
This Taigun’s variant was equipped with fog lamps, roof rails, LED Daytime Running Lamps, alloy wheels, shark-fin antenna, rear wiper and LED tail lamps with a light bar. What is missing is the projector set up for the headlamps that would come with LEDs.
Underpinnings borrowed from Skoda Kushaq
Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun will share a lot of things. The Taigun will also be underpinned by the MQB-A0-IN platform that has been derived from the global MQB-A0 platform that underpins a lot of vehicles that are sold in the global market. Because of the platform, the wheelbase of the Tiguan will be 2,651 mm. Volkswagen is focusing on high localization levels so that they can price the SUV competitively. They are aiming for a localization level of 95 percent.
Engine and gearbox
The engine and gearbox would also be derived from the Skoda Kushaq. So, there would be two petrol engine options and there would be no diesel engine on offer. There would be a 1.5-litre TSI and a 1.0-litre TSI. As standard, both the engines would be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.0-litre TSI is the same engine that we have seen on the Volkswagen Polo GT and the Vento. However, the engine has been retuned to produce slightly more power and torque. Now, the engine produces 115 PS of max power and 178 Nm of peak torque. When compared in Polo, the same engine produces 108 PS of max power and 175 Nm of peak torque. You could get a manual gearbox as well as a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. This will be the more affordable engine that most people would consider and buy.
Then there is the 1.5-litre TSI which is shared with the Volkswagen T-Roc. This engine would be for enthusiasts and would probably be offered with the GT variant. The engine produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. The engine will get a manual gearbox as well as a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The Taigun is expected to offer slightly more features than the Skoda Kushaq. It would come with dual-tone upholstery, exterior paint accents in the cabin, a digital driver’s display, red brake calipers and a rear light bar.