After showcasing the Taigun ahead of the 2020 Auto Expo, Volkswagen has now listed its upcoming compact SUV, the Taigun, on its India website. It is expected to go on sale in early 2021.
Based on the VW group’s MQB A0IN platform, the Taigun looks quite similar to the bigger Tiguan SUV. Upfront, it features horizontally slatted grille flanked by dual-barrel headlamps. The bumper receives a dual-tone treatment with a faux skid plate and gets a brushed metal element housing the fog lamps. The side profile looks clean with a sharp shoulder line and faux skid plate. Coming the back, the Taigun reminds us of the recently launched Kia Sonet. It gets LED tail lamps which are connected by a trim element with a LED light running across its width.
On the inside, the Taigun looks quite similar to the bigger T-ROC. It features body-coloured finish inside the cabin. It can be seen on the dashboard as well as on the centre floor console.
On the features front, the Taigun is expected to get features like a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, auto AC, LED lighting, along with a complete suite of safety features like up to 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, traction control, hill launch assist and electronic stability program.
Under the hood, the Taigun is expected to be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines. It is expected to get Polo’s 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine making 110PS and 175Nm mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic. The other engine on offer could be T-ROC’s 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine making 150PS/250Nm mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Since the Volkswagen Taigun will be a heavily localised product, expect its prices to start around Rs 10 lakh. Once launched, it will take on likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks. The Taigun will also compete with its cousin, the Skoda Vision IN, that is also expected to debut in 2021.