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Volkswagen Taigun: A close look

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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