Volkswagen officially announced the Taigun in India on 23 September. Pre-bookings for Taigun were opened earlier this month. The compact SUV is meant to take on well-established rivals like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Tata Harrier, MG Hector Plus.
The Taigun, being manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Chakan near Pune, has its own influence. This is an important part of the German brand’s India 2.0 strategy. Based on the MQB A0 IN platform, a derivative of the popular MQB architecture, the Taigun is touted as an SUV that is geared towards the Indian customers while retaining the Volkswagen build quality. It will be available with two TSI petrol engine options. The smaller engine will be available with a manual gearbox and will get a 6-speed automatic unit as an option. The larger 1.5-litre motor will come mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox as well as a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox.
The exterior design of the Volkswagen SUV gets smart design elements like a clean front grille, chrome dollops all around, 17-inch alloy wheels and a stretched-out LED tail light scheme. Whereas, stepping inside the car is decently packed with support for wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, sunroof, ten-inch main infotainment screen, eight-inch all-digital driver display, among others. Volkswagen has already started the preview process for customers at select locations. The company is hoping that this vehicle will carve a niche for itself in the crowded but lucrative niche in the mid-size SUV segment.