German premium carmaker, Volkswagen has showcased an all-new mid-sized SUV – Volkswagen Taigun at the 2020 Auto Expo. Additionally, the company has showcased the T-ROC 5-seater premium SUV, Tiguan AllSpace 7-seater SUV and the I.D. Crozz electric SUV at the biennial event. In this article, we bring you 9 key facts you should know about the Volkswagen’s most awaited mid-sized SUV – the VW Taigun.
New Volkswagen Taigun First Look Video
The Volkswagen Taigun previewes the brand’s future mid-sized SUV, which will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the Nissan Kicks. Adding to it, the SUV could impact the sales of the entry-level variants of the MG Hector, Jeep Compass and the Tata Harrier.
Launch in first half of 2021
Production of the SUV is scheduled to be commenced towards the end of this year. The company has already confirmed that the new Taigun SUV will be launched in the first half of 2021.
Locally-developed MQB-AO IN platform
The new Volkswagen Taigun SUV will be based on the locally-developed MQB AO IN platform, which also underpins the Skoda Vision IN SUV. This platform will also be used to develop the next-gen VW Vento and the next-gen Skoda Rapid.
The styling of the Volkswagen Taigun is heavily inspired by the T-Cross SUV sold abroad. It features a split chrome grille placed right above the signature logo, which is flanked by twin-pod LED headlamps. It features aggressive bumper with body cladding at the bottom with faux skid plate. It also gets subtle chrome touches, which gives it a premium look.
The side profile of the VW Taigun SUV has large roof rails, pronounced wheel arches and a high ground clearance. The SUV gets a thick body cladding that runs across its length. It comes fitted with machined 17-inch alloy wheels. At the back, the VW Taigun gets C-shaped tail-lamps with LED elements and a horizontal lightbar that runs across the tailgate.
Longer than European T-Cross
The Volkswagen Taigun rides on 2,651mm of wheelbase, which is around 90-100mm longer than the European T-Cross model. It measures 2,225mm in length, which is around 235mm longer than the T-Cross SUV sold abroad. The SUV will ride on higher ground clearance to suit the Indian road conditions.
Interior styling is inspired by the global Polo hatchback. It comes with a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Adding to it, the compact SUV gets digital instrument console, automatic climate control, multi-functional steering wheel, driver-side armrest and auto-dimming IRVM.
New 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine
The VW Taigun SUV, showcased at the Auto Expo, was equipped with a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 150bhp of power. However, the production-ready model will receive the de-tuned version of this engine producing 130bhp of power.
Entry-level models to get 1.0L turbo petrol
The entry-level and mid-variants of the Volkswagen Taigun will receive the new 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, direct injection turbocharged petrol engine, which will also power the BS6 VW Polo and the Vento. This engine is capable of producing 115bhp of power and 200Nm of torque.
3 Gearbox Options
The VW Taigun will offer 2 automatic and single manual gearbox option. The range-topping model will receive the 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The entry-level and mid-variants equipped with 1.0L engine will receive a 6-speed torque convertor automatic gearbox. A 6-speed manual gearbox will be offered as standard.