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2021 Volkswagen Taigun to be launched during festive season, more details revealed

Tuhin Guha Updated: March 24, 2021, 02:41 PM IST

The Volkswagen Taigun will be launched at the start of the festive season of 2021, Volkswagen India has confirmed. This means that the Taigun will come to market around August-September 2021, after the Skoda Kushaq which is planned for a launch in June 2021. The Taigun is the second of four cars planned under the India 2.0 strategy of Skoda-Volkswagen India, the first one being the Kushaq. These will be followed by two notchback sedans, one from each brand.

Aside from the launch date, more details have been revealed on the Volkswagen Taigun. A top-spec GT variant, as seen on the Polo will be available. We expect this to come with the 1.5-litre turbo and 7-speed DSG option. This version will also sport red brake callipers, among other exterior enhancements. Also, unlike the Kushaq, the Taigun will get a digital instrument cluster as seen on cars like the T-Roc.

Volkswagen Taigun digital instrument cluster

The Volkswagen Taigun will offer the same powertrain options as the Kushaq. These are the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 110PS and 175 Nm, which should be offered in the low to mid-spec versions of this new SUV. With a six-speed manual, the six-speed torque converter from the Vento will also be available. Also, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol that makes 150PS/250 Nm and pairs with a seven-speed DCT will be offered on higher trims. The larger engine will get a six-speed manual as well.

Volkswagen Taigun concept front

The features list is also expected to be closely related to the Skoda Kushaq. Notable additions should be LED exterior lighting, Volkswagen's version of the new 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple Carplay, Type-C USB charging, connected-car features, a single-pane sunroof, climate control, ventilated front seats, up to 17-inch alloy wheels and large amounts of interior storage. Safety features should be the same between the two SUVs with the Taigun also being one of the first mainstream cars to offer ESC as standard. Other than this, there should be six airbags, TPMS, hill-hold function, rear parking camera, front parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

The Taigun will be based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which is 30 per cent more rigid than the old Polo and Vento platforms says VW. Consequently, the Taigun will also offer the segment-leading 2,651mm wheelbase. Dimensionally, the Volkswagen should match the Kushaq very closely. The Volkswagen Taigun should be priced very closely to the Skoda Kushaq as well, between Rs 10 to 16 lakh ex-showroom, and compete with the Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta.

Price (Ex-Delhi)
-NA-
Displacement
999cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
178
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.99 Lakhs
Displacement
1353cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
242
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 9.95 Lakhs
Displacement
1497cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
115
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
20.8 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 10.5 Lakhs
Displacement
1498cc
Transmission
Automatic
Max Power(ps)
110
Max Torque(Nm)
250
Mileage
-NA-
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