Volkswagen will launch the Taigun mid-sized SUV and new Vento in the country in 2021.
German automaker, Volkswagen has launched 2 new products – the T-ROC mid-sized premium SUV and the Tiguan AllSpace 7-seater SUV in the Indian market this year. The company has no plans to launch any other new car in our market in 2020. However, the company will continue to bring the upgraded and special versions of the existing cars. The company’s aim is to start delivering the new cars to dealerships as soon as lockdown over.
Volkswagen has already resumed operations at its production plant. Coming next year, the German brand will have 2 new cars for the Indian market. The company will launch the production version of the Taigun SUV in the first half of 2021, which will be followed by the Vento replacement.
The Volkswagen Taigun will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which will also underpin the Skoda Vision IN based SUV, new Vento and the new Rapid. This mid-sized SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and others in its categories.
The Taigun mid-sized SUV will be offered with 2 engine options – a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre TSI EVO. The new 1.0L petrol engine will power the brand’s all products under ‘India 2.0’ project. This engine produces up to 115bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic.Also See – Volkswagen Taigun – 9 Key Facts
The 1.5L TSI EVO engine also powers the T-ROC and the Skoda Karoq. This engine is capable of producing 148bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG automatic. This powertrain also has cylinder deactivation technology, which allows the motor to deactivate up to 2 cylinders by sensing the load on the engine. This will help to achieve higher fuel efficiency.
Volkswagen is also developing an all-new compact SUV, which will be positioned below the Taigun. Likely to be launched in 2022, the new sub-4 meter VW SUV will take on the likes of the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport and others in its categories. Previous media reports claim that the company could also introduce the next-gen Polo hatchback in India. The new models will be designed and developed on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform.