2021 Volkswagen Taigun will be launched in the Indian market next month and its prices will be announced by the end of August or early September. After the launch of Skoda Kushaq, the Volkswagen Taigun is the next major launch from the German carmaker. It is a sister model to the Skoda and will be offered with two petrol engines. Bookings to commence in India by mid-August 2021.
Exterior Highlights and Features
2021 Volkswagen Taigun has its unique identity despite sharing body parts with its sister model, the Kushaq. The doors, roof and glasshouse are identical on both the SUVs. The front of the Taigun has a two-slat chrome grill with big one-piece headlights. There are chrome inserts on the lower part of the bumper as well. At the rear, the tail light cluster runs across the width of the tailgate and there’s even more chrome garnishing down on the bumper below.
Taigun has a more minimalistic interior theme with the infotainment screen integrated in the dashboard and a different design for the AC vents. However, the switchgear on the inside might be similar to the Skoda Kushaq.
Features on the Volkswagen Taigun would be extensive consisting of a 10-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and the My Volkswagen connect app, automatic climate control, USB Type-C ports, wireless charging pad, and much more. Where the Taigun will go one up over the Kushaq is with its digital instrument cluster. Volkswagen has done a great job on the safety aspect too. It gets six airbags, ESC (standard across all trims), tyre pressure deflation warning, ISOFIX child seat mounts and many more.
The Taigun will be offered with two petrol engines, both of them belonging to the TSI family. First one would be a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine which produces 115bhp and 175 Nm of torque. The second option is a larger 1.5-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine producing 150hp and 250Nm. Both engines will come with a 6-speed manual gearbox option as standard. However, they will get different automatic gearbox options, with the 1.0 TSI getting a 6-speed torque converter and the 1.5 TSI getting a 7-speed DCT automatic. The powertrain options are identical to that of the Kushaq.
Volkswagen is targeting one of the hottest segments, the midsize SUV segment with the Taigun. It will be pitted against Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Nissan Kicks and its own sibling. Prices for the Taigun are expected to range between Rs 10.50 lakh – Rs 17 lakh, similar to the Skoda Kushaq.