Volkswagen India has unveiled its new compact SUV for the domestic market, which will be called the Taigun, and the first model under the Volkswagen 2.0 strategy. The Volkswagen Taigun name comes from the concept subcompact crossover SUV that was first unveiled at the Sao Paulo International Auto Show in 2012. While the company retails the T-Cross in this segment globally, India will get the Taigun instead as a rival to the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Captur and the likes. The model will be underpinned by the new MQB A0 IN platform that has been specifically developed for the Indian market. The big difference though is that compared to the T-Cross, the Taigun for India will be longer, more spacious and more comfortable, keeping the Indian requirements in mind. The Taigun was unveiled at the first-ever Skoda-Volkswagen India Media Night, ahead of the 2020 Auto Expo.
WATCH: Volkswagen Taigun First Look
Jurgen Stackmann, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for Sales, Marketing and After-Sales said, "Today, we present the next big step for Volkswagen in India. The compact SUV is especially designed for this market keeping in mind the needs of the aspirational Indian customer. We're confident that this product offers a perfect combination of sportiness and sophistication, making it the right choice for our valued Indian customers."
The new Volkswagen Taigun will be one of the four new SUVs that Volkswagen plans to bring in the next few years. The Taigun is slated to hit Indian roads in 2021 and is expected to draw power from the 1.0-litre turbocharged TSI petrol engine that will develop about 113 bhp and 200 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options will include the 6-speed manual and possibly the 7-speed DSG autobox too. With VW's decision to pull out all diesel engines from the Indian market, the Taigun won't be offered with an oil burner, at least initially. There could be a CNG version in the offing, specifically for India.
The first glimpse of the Volkswagen Taigun for India reveals a great deal. The prototype looks production-ready complete with the LED lighting, single-bar LED brake lamp at the rear, faux diffusers on the bumper and a very upright and boxy profile. Compared to the T-Cross, Taigun is also expected to about 100 mm longer that will liberate more space in the second row. The design language looks butch and very urban, taking inspiration from the T-Cross and even the Tiguan. The front section is upright for the imposing look, while the boxy proportions allow for a nice stance on the model.
The cabin looks premium with the exterior colours highlighting the otherwise black and grey cabin. Standout features including an all-digital instrument console, large touchscreen infotainment system, fast-charging USB slots, and possibly connected tech too. The rear seat is roomy thanks to the stretched wheelbase, and there's ample of headroom and knee-room too, courtesy of the wide body. There are rear AC vents for added convenience and the large glasshouse should give a better sense of space.
The Volkswagen Taigun will see extensive amounts of local content going in, and that should keep prices competitive. The new offering will be a part of the several new SUVs that VW Group that have been planned for the country. This includes the Tiguan Allspace, T-Roc, the Skoda Karoq, Skoda Vision IN based SUV and the ID Crozz-based electric concept. The models will be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo later this week.