volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

If Volkswagen has its way, the reign of the Hyundai Creta as the undefeated crossover SUV in India might be under threat. The German auto giant has been working on its India 2.0 product strategy, which involves “SUVW”. As you might have figured by now, the term basically represents a lineup of VW SUVs for India. The first of the SUVWs hitting our market is the all-new Volkswagen Taigun. And if rumors are to be believed, the Creta-rivaling SUV will be launched before the end of March. Just like the freshly-unveiled Skoda Kushaq, the Volkswagen Taigun is underpinned by the same MQB-A0-IN platform, built specifically for India.

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volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

The Taigun shares its underpinnings and mechanicals with the Skoda Kushaq

Just like its Czech arm, Volkswagen has its product-offensive blueprint sketched out. While two new sedans will be coming to India soon, the Taigun is an extremely important model for the brand. Similar to its Kushaq cousin, the upcoming Taigun will be priced competitively – likely not as aggressively as the Skoda. On the dimensions front, the two European crossovers will share many similarities as both ride on the same platform. Not just that, the VW-Skoda cousins will also share the same basic silhouette, especially when viewed from the side. Of course, the Taigun gets its own unique styling features to ensure that onlookers don’t confuse it for a Skoda.

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volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

At the front, the Taigun sports a twin-slatted chrome grille with a prominent VW badge. Then there are the rectangular twin-pod LED headlamps that have design similarities with the larger Tiguan (previous-gen). Furthermore, the Taigun’s taller bumper features a large chrome element along with two angular fog lamps. A few other design details to take not of here include the flatter hood (the Kushaq gets a clamshell design), a honeycomb lower grille, and a larger faux skid plate. The side profile of the Taigun gets a different set of alloy wheels, body-colored door cladding, and a unique decal on the C-pillar.

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volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

The rear of the Volkswagen Taigun definitely looks very different to the Skoda Kushaq. Unarguably, the most distinctive feature here is the stylish design of the LED tail lamps. For that proper upscale look, VW has endowed the Taigun with a full-width LED bar at the back which certainly ups the premium feel. The bumper has also been redesigned and now sports a chrome element (similar to the one in the front) at the bottom, plus a faux skid plate. While its overall exterior styling is far more restrained than the Hyundai Creta, the Volkswagen Taigun’s design feels more sophisticated.

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volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

The Volkswagen Taigun will come with a pretty lengthy list of features. The compact SUV will get a semi-digital driver’s display, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, cruise control, ventilated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and an electric sunroof. Meanwhile, the interior of the Taigun will sport brightly-colored trim on the dashboard, center console and center pedestal. Similar to the Kushaq, the Taigun will also feature a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel and a host of safety equipment. The latter will encompass multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, Electronic Stability Program, ISOFIX anchor points, rear parking with a rearview camera, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

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volkswagen taigun to be launched in india before march end

Differences between the Skoda Kushaq and the Volkswagen Taigun become almost nonexistent in terms of their mechanicals. Just like the Kushaq, the Taigun is also expected to be offered with two turbo-petrol engines. In the Kushaq, these 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder units are rated at 113hp and 148hp, respectively. As for its transmission options, those will be shared with the Kushaq as well. Therefore, expect to find a 6-speed manual gearbox, a 6-speed torque converter automatic, and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

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