Stepping the footprint of its Czech Republican sibling, the Volkswagen is reportedly to unveil its upcoming compact SUV Taigun soon. It is likely to be revealed on 31st March 2021. It is essentially a Volkswagen's version of the Kushaq SUV with distinct styling; however, the dimensions, platform & powertrains are likely to be similar.
The Volkswagen Taigun will be based on the VW Group’s localised MQB-A0-IN platform and it is expected to remain largely identical to its pre-production model showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo. To be precise, it will share its styling cues with the global spec T-Cross and the Tiguan. The notable design elements of the Taigun include a chrome slatted grille, flanked by LED headlamps, honeycomb pattern for the lower air intake with a chrome bar placed just above it, connected LED tail lamps, silver skid plate, and multi-spoke alloys with large wheel arches & body cladding adding to the rugged appeal.
Not only the underpinnings, but the VW Taigun will also share the engine choices with the Skoda Kushaq. It will be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines, comprising a 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder (115PS/175Nm) and a 1.5-liter, 4-cylinder unit. Both engines are likely to be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The former mill might also get a 6-speed torque converter automatic option while the latter could be offered with a more advanced 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option.
In terms of features, the Taigun is likely to get a dashboard integrated touchscreen infotainment system with connected car technology, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, cruise control, ventilated front seats, a digital driver’s display, a wireless phone charger, electric sunroof, etc. Safety is likely to be taken care of by multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, parking sensors with camera, and tire-pressure monitoring system.
The Volkswagen Taigun is expected to go on sale after the Skoda Kushaq's launch which is slated for June 2021. Its prices are expected to start from around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). On arrival to Indian shores, the VW Taigun will battle it out with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Nissan Kicks, and the upcoming Skoda Kushaq.