Volkswagen has unveiled its all-new compact premium SUV, the Taigun in India at the first ever Volkswagen night on the Indian sub-continent. Revealing it’s India plan for almost the next couple of years, the German conglomerate has decided to focus on SUVs to revive it’s sales numbers. Based on the T-Cross, the Volkswagen Taigun comes off a new design with its changed rear and a revised fascia, specifically created to attract the Indian car buyer.
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Volkswagen seems to have given the sub-four metre SUV segment a miss with the Volkswagen Taigun as it targets a Rs 12-15 lakh segment populated by the Hyundai Creta, the Renault Duster and the MG Hector. Interestingly, the compact premium SUV segment is shaping into almost three sub-segments with the Hector, Creta and Duster playing the budget game, the Kia Seltos and the Harrier playing the premium game while the likes of the Tucson and the Jeep Compass going for the luxury game. The Volkswagen Taigun might leave some space for the Skoda Vision In in the upper echelons given that it gets launched before 2021.
The Taigun will be typically Volkswagen, simple in its design unlike the prototype interior as in this show car, but expect it to get dashes of flashiness to suit the Indian tastes. With them ushering in after the BS-VI switch, you can expect to be powered by a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine mated to both manual and automatic gearbox options. There could also be a naturally aspirated petrol engine and could be the entry-point.
The cabin of the Taigun is chic but not overtly done. We were shown the production-spec model and hence most of the things are expected to be retained. For example the huge touchscreen infotainment system along with that digital instrument cluster is going to be a tech-fare. Moreover, there will be powered seats as well as five seats on offer. The vehicle is built from the same block as the Skoda Vision IN but will be a more affordable version.
Speaking of affordability, the Volkswagen Taigun price in India will start from Rs 11 lakh and go up to Rs 13 lakh. It remains to be seen how the market accepts this petrol-only Kia Seltos rival.
Also from Auto Expo 2020