Volkswagen India have officially unveiled the Taigun sub-compact SUV for their India 2.0 project. This is the first car based on MQB A0 IN platform specifically designed for India. As we reported earlier, the Taigun is a sub-compact SUV.
Although, we don’t have much details about the car, we expect it to be priced at around the 12 to 16 lakh INR mark. The car’s looks are unmistakably Volkswagen with sharp lines and an understated yet smart profile. It features full LED headlights and taillights. The rear end has a light bar much like the Audi A8 and it makes the car appear to be segments above.
VW always aims to be ahead of the rivals when it comes to features. Expect a digital instrument cluster, large 8.0-inch touchscreen and connected tech in the production version. But, we don’t expect the production version to feature those big alloys for the roads. The VW SUV will also be loaded with safety equipment and you’ll be glad to know that the Latin America-spec Volkswagen T-Cross received a 5-star safety rating from Latin NCAP.
The production-spec Taigun will be powered by a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine churning out 130hp. This technology rich motor has cylinder-deactivation tech and could set the benchmark for economy in it’s segment. VW is looking for a CNG powered option for buyers looking to minimize the running costs since, the absence of a diesel engine option might not bode well for India. VW is looking for a CNG powered option for buyers looking to minimize running costs.
- The MQB A0 IN platform was basically designed for India in order to fit in the sub-four meter category. VW has yet not clarified whether the Taigun is a sub-four meter or a mid-size SUV but, it is basically a shortened version of their T-Cross SUV. VW had also teased the T-Roc for India and we expect that it could very well be a Creta/Seltos Rival. Media reports state that the Taigun is a Creta rivalling car but, we guess that the production spec Taigun could target the Nexon, Venue, Brezza and the likes as we had earlier reported.