Volkswagen will launch 4 new cars based on the locally-developed MQB AO IN platform in India. The VW Taigun will be the brand’s first model to be launched under the Group’s India 2.0 Project. Not just Taigun, the company will launch an all-new mid-sized sedan to replace the Vento, a sub-4 meter SUV and the next-gen Polo by 2022.
The Volkswagen Taigun will only be offered in petrol version. The company will offer 2 engine options with the SUV – a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine. The entry-level and mid-level variants will be offered with the smaller capacity engine. On the flip side, the 1.5L engine will only power the top-end model. Also See – VW T-ROC SUV Launched
The 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine will also power the brand’s all products under ‘India 2.0’ project. This engine is capable of producing up to 115bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission choices will include a six-speed manual and a six-speed torque convertor automatic. This engine currently powers the Polo and Vento, and produces 110bhp and 175Nm of torque.
The 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine also powers the T-ROC and the upcoming Skoda Karoq. While powering the T-ROC, this engine produces 148bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a 7-speed DSG automatic. The Taigun will also receive this engine in the same configuration.
The Taigun will be the most powerful SUV in its category. The Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos are powered a 138bhp, 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The new 1.5-litre TSI EVO engine 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.