In order to become the world’s top selling car manufacturer, Volkswagen is planning to improve its shares in the emerging markets. The company has announced the budget brand, which would offer affordable cars in the growing markets including China, India and Indonesia. With the growing demand for compact SUVs, the German car manufacturer is planning […]
In order to become the world’s top selling car manufacturer, Volkswagen is planning to improve its shares in the emerging markets. The company has announced the budget brand, which would offer affordable cars in the growing markets including China, India and Indonesia. With the growing demand for compact SUVs, the German car manufacturer is planning to launch Volkswagen Taigun in the country. If reports are to be believed, the company is also working on a T-ROC concept based SUV which is unlikely to make its way to the Indian market.
Volkswagen unveiled the Taigun concept at the 2014 Delhi Motor Show, while the production version of the car is likely to be showcased at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in October. Based on the Volkswagen’s “New Small Family Platform” which also underpins the Up!, the Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV measures 3,589mm in length, 1,728mm in width and 1,570mm in height. Considering its smaller size, this model features a large wheelbase of 2,470mm. This smaller SUV features short overhangs and aggressive looks. It shares its design cues with the larger SUVs- Tiguan and Touraeg. The vehicle unveiled at the show features LED headlamps which not look-like the production spec, but the larger grille and aggressive curves give it a sporty stance.
This compact SUV unveiled comes with a high ground clearance. The rear door of the SUV looks similar to the one found on the Chevrolet Beat. Its rear profile features a two piece tailgate which makes it easier to load luggage and offers more flexibility. To offer an aggressive appearance, this model gets skid plates to both front and rear. It has roof rails with integrated lights.
Inside the cabin, the Volkswagen Taigun looks appealing and is equipped with high end features. The dashboard looks sporty and features three dials and small instrument panel. This model also comes loaded with a touch screen interface which sports controls for the Bluetooth connectivity, music system and satellite navigation. This compact SUV has a boot space of 280-litres which is more than sufficient to carry 2 suitcases and a couple of small bags. The luggage space can be extended by folding the rear bench seat.
The Volkswagen Taigun concept is powered by the 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that produces 110bhp and 175Nm. This engine is paired to either five-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG gearbox which sends the power to front wheels. This model is claimed to offer an excellent fuel economy of 22kmpl. It accelerates to 100kmph from rest in just 9.2 seconds and attains a top speed of 186kmph. The Indian model is likely to feature a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel and the 1.2-litre petrol engine that will also power the 2014 Polo facelift.
The Volkswagen Taigun rides on a large 17-inch alloy wheels, thanks to its high ground clearance. The vehicle will compete against the likes of Ford EcoSport and upcoming Tata Nexon and Mahindra S101.
Expected launch: 2015-16
Expected price: Rs. 7-10 lakh