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  1. The Volkswagen Taigun, the German brand’s smallest SUV for India, has been revealed in its production form before its launch here in the coming months. The Taigun is based on the heavily localised MQB-A0-IN platform and is a cousin to the Skoda Kushaq. Although the powertrain and platform are shared between the two, there’s enough that separates the two Skoda Auto Volkswagen India SUVs, both of which will contend in the lucrative and competitive midsize SUV segment. Here’s what VW India has revealed about the Taigun SUV. Volkswagen Taigun: exterior design Volkswagen had confirmed that the Taigun concept displayed at Auto Expo 2020 was a near-production model and that holds true. The production Taigun retains the concept’s bold look and typical SUV stance – bearing a familial resemblance to its larger sibling, the Tiguan – and even the alloy wheel design (17-inch dual-tone units) and LED bar running between the LED tail-lights are the same on both. The only differences visible outside includes the black cladding all around the lower part of the SUV, body-coloured wing mirrors, chrome-finished door handles and a shark-fin antenna. Fully-loaded variant will be called the Taigun GT and will come with GT badges on the front grille, front fender and tailgate. As the Taigun and Kushaq share the same platform, they have the same 2,651mm-long wheelbase length, which is more than that of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Volkswagen Taigun: interior and features VW has yet to officially reveal the cabin of the Taigun, though the overall design of the interior will be similar to the concept’s. VW claims the flattened tunnel will help rear seat space, and there’s adjustable head rests for all three rear passengers. Although the concept had an 8.0-inch touchscreen, the production model, in top-spec GT form, will be available with a larger 10.0-inch unit. An all-digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, a powered sunroof, ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped steering with controls, and a touch-enabled auto climate control system will also be on offer. The infotainment unit will come with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, there’ll be a Type-C USB port in the front, and VW will offer its connected car tech as well. Safety kit available on this top-spec trim will include six airbags, a rear camera with guidelines, hill-hold assist, electronic stability control, and a tyre pressure monitor. Volkswagen Taigun: engine and gearbox options The Taigun will be available with a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine making 115hp and 175Nm of peak torque, and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol unit producing 150hp and 250Nm of torque. The same engine-gearbox options will also be seen on the Skoda Kushaq. Although both engines will come paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, the smaller unit gets a 6-speed torque convertor automatic option, while the stronger engine gets a 7-speed dual-clutch auto. Volkswagen Taigun: price and rivals Despite the extensive localisation and sharing of parts to maintain cost targets, VW has said that its midsize SUV will be priced at the higher-end of the segment – expect the Taigun’s price to range from Rs 10-18 lakh (ex-showroom). This means it’ll be in direct contention with the popular Hyundai Creta (Rs 10-17.54 lakh) and Kia Seltos (Rs 9.89-17.29 lakh), with rivals like the Renault Duster (Rs 9.57-13.87 lakh) and Nissan Kicks (Rs 9.50-14.65 lakh) coming in at a lower price point.
  2. Ford has showcased some custom Bronco and Bronco Sport concepts at the Moab Easter Safari. Ford has teamed up with some off-road aftermarket giants like RTR Vehicles, ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts for this. Bronco four-door Outer Banks with Sasquatch Package includes off road Ford accessories such as Air Design fender flares, trail armour rocker panel covers by Lund and JAC rock rails. Bronco four-door SUV concept by RTR Vehicles is a 'multipurpose heavy-duty' Bronco that features 35-inch Nitto Ridge Grappler tyres, a 3D- printed grille, custom rock sliders and a rear bumper Bronco by ARB 4x4 Accessories displays a heavy-duty differential cover, rock sliders and new bumpers. The high-performance off-road accessories are designed for both the two- and four-door Bronco models. Bronco by 4 Wheel Parts includes parts such as heavy-duty suspension components, an overhead tent by Smittybilt and camping gear and a custom roof rack and light mounts 4 Wheel Parts threw in a Bronco Sport build as well
  3. Remember the Toyota Yaris Cross? Toyota has just revealed a more rugged trim level for the SUV, called the Yaris Cross Adventure. It gets a rear bumper protection plate, new front diffuser, silver roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark grey finish. Inside, it gets piano-black elements, black headlining, and special seats.
  4. Now that Ford and Mahindra have called off their engine and platform sharing supply pacts too, it's now likely that Ford's upcoming C-SUV will be built on the Ford Territory platform sold in the Chinese market and not the next-gen XUV500 platform (W601), as originally planned. Here's a closer look at the Territory: Source
  5. Ford recently unveiled the Equator SUV. While this new SUV will first go on sale in China, it has quite a few similarities with the upcoming Ford and Mahindra SUVs in India. The Ford Equator SUV measures 4,905mm in length, 1,930mm in width and 1,755mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,865mm. This makes it bigger than the Ford Endeavour, which is 4,903mm long, 1,869mm wide and 1,837mm tall. The new design language from Ford is expected to be seen on more SUVs and crossovers from the brand. The same dashboard layout with twin-screens and a very-similar looking steering wheel design has been spotted on the test-mules of the upcoming XUV500. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/new-ford-equator-suv-revealed-420288 Source
  6. Here's a closer look at the recently-unveiled Hyundai Staria MPV. It's a replacement for the H1 / Starex MPV sold overseas and gets multiple seating options of up to 11. It sports quite a wide grille with two vertically placed rectangular-shaped headlamps positioned at each corner. It also gets a lower rear lip to facilitate ease of loading and unloading of cargo in the luggage compartment. The Staria gets a lower beltline and large windows and according to Hyundai, this has been inspired by the lounge of a cruise ship. The multi layered dashboard features a 10.25-inch floating touchscreen and ambient lighting along with a push-button gear selector, already available on other models like the current-gen Santa Fe to name a few. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/hyundai-staria-mpv-revealed-420260 Source 1 Source 2
  7. Hyundai recently unveiled the Bayon SUV which will initially go on sale as a replacement for the i20 Active in multiple international markets. The SUV has now been spotted on public roads for the first time. The Bayon shares its underpinnings with the latest i20, but gets unique exterior styling that is quite similar to the updated Kona. The interior is quite familiar looking, as most of it is a direct lift from the i20. This includes the all-black dashboard, switchgear, steering wheel and even the 10.25-inch display. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/new-hyundai-bayon-suv-revealed-420092 Source
  8. Skoda recently revealed the Octavia Pro for the Chinese market. It's based on the new, fourth-gen Octavia and has been readied keeping in mind the huge demand of chauffer-driven vehicles in China. So it gets a 2,730mm wheelbase, a 44mm stretch over the standard car, taking its overall length to 4,753mm. Apart from more rear legroom, the Octavia Pro gets a similar list of features as the standard car on the inside replete with a long list of creature comforts. The Octavia Pro comes with a 12-inch touchscreen system and can also be bought with an optional 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. Should Skoda consider bringing this to India too? You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/skoda-octavia-pro-unveiled-for-the-chinese-market-420184 Source
  9. New patent images of Hyundai's upcoming MPV have emerged online. Expected to be called the Custo, the new MPV has been developed for Asian markets. The details more-or-less stay true to what was seen on the test mule last year. No word yet on whether this will come to India. Source
  10. The new, third-gen Honda HR-V (Vezel) is currently on display in Tokyo's Aeon mall. It gets a more angular design as compared to its predecessor with cleaner lines and more upright proportions. Engine options include a dual motor hybrid set-up and regular petrol engines. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/all-new-honda-hr-v-vezel-revealed-419977 Source
  11. Received some spy shots of the next-gen Mahindra XUV500 via WhatsApp, this time showing what appears to be the diesel automatic variant of the SUV. The new XUV500 will feature new interior and exterior styling. It will also come equipped with a lengthy features list, including two flush-mounted horizontal screens – one for the instrument cluster and one for the infotainment system (like in a Mercedes E-class) – a panoramic sunroof and Level 2 Autonomous Driving Assist Systems. It will be built on a stiffer monocoque platform that will be longer and wider than the current model. It will also get two engine options – a 180hp, 2.2-litre turbo-diesel and a 190hp, 2.0-litre turbo-petrol. Both engines are expected to get the choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic, and an all-wheel-drive system is also likely to be offered on higher trims. However, launch of the SUV could be delayed due to the current semiconductor shortage.
  12. Here's a closer look at the new Tata Safari Adventure Persona. The special ‘Tropical Mist’ paintjob with blacked out details, paired with the ‘Earthy Brown’ interior differentiates this from the regular Safari. Engine remains the same 2-litre, 4-cyl, turbo-diesel mated with a 6-speed manual or automatic. Prices range from Rs 20.20 lakh for the manual and Rs 21.45 lakh for the automatic. Source
  13. Ford is gearing up to launch the EcoSport SE on March 10. The new variant does away with the rear tailgate-mounted spare wheel and instead gets rear styling similar to the export version. It will come with both, petrol and diesel options and get a tyre puncture repair kit. You can head here for more details: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/ford-ecosport-se-launch-next-week-420088 Found this walkaround of the EcoSport SE, offering a detailed look:
  14. Hyundai recently confirmed its upcoming three-row SUV will be called the Alcazar.As far as the exterior goes, the Alcazar will have a tweaked version of the Creta’s front bumper and grille, different alloy wheel design and a few other cosmetic differences. On the inside, design elements of the Alcazar will be more or less similar to the Creta. Expect Hyundai to also carry over the Creta’s petrol and diesel engine options. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/scoop-hyundai-alcazar-suv-first-interior-photos-420028 Found some renders showing what the Alcazar could look like: Source
  15. The new Jeep H6 seven-seat SUV - which will be revealed later this year - has been spotted testing alongside the updated Compass. The new seven-seat SUV will share its underpinnings with the Compass. So it will have some similar body panels up front, with the real changes coming after the B pillar. There will be longer rear doors a more upright rear, with unique styling that will mimic newer Jeeps like the Grand Cherokee L and Grand Wagoneer concept. You can head here for more info: https://www.autocarindia.com/car-news/scoop-jeep-h6-seven-seat-suv-india-launch-in-2022-419958 Seeing the two side-by-side gives us a pretty size comparison as well. Source