The Taigun is available with 1.0L TSI and 1.5 TSI engines
Volkswagen India has launched its new mid-size SUV- Taigun in India from Rs 10.49 lakh. The SUV is available in 7 different variants, with the top-spec priced at Rs 17.49 lakh, ex-showroom. The SUV would battle the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos in the country. VW India had started the production of Taigun a few weeks ago at its Chakan facility. The carmaker has posted around 12,221 pre-bookings for the SUV so far.
VW Taigun: What Is It?
The Taigun is the first VW product of VW Group’s 1 billion Euros project- India 2.0. It has very high degrees of localization gone into it and is in multiple ways, a make-or-break product for the brand here. Needless to say, the Taigun is a close cousin to the Skoda Kushaq, sharing the same mechanicals.
Volkswagen Taigun is underpinned by the VW MQB A0 IN platform, developed specifically for India. This chassis has high degrees (up to 95%) of localization gone into it and also forms the base of the Kushaq as well. Much like its Skoda cousin, the Taigun also has a 1.0L TSI and 1.5 TSI as its powertrains, mated to the familiar 6MT, 6AT, and 7DSG transmissions.
Despite sharing the platform and engines with the Skoda cousin, the VW Taigun has a design that clearly labels it a VW SUV. The overall design would remind you of the Tiguan. Notable design cues include the single-piece headlamp cluster that looks evidently VW, double Chrome slat front grille, generous use of Chrome in the overall design, good-looking LED tail lamps, stylish alloy wheels. skid plates and prominent body cladding.
Interior And Features
Taigun’s cabin is good-looking and gets decent kit. Key features on the SUV include a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MY VW Connect app, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, automatic climate control, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, push-button start/stop, all-digital instrument console, steering-mounted controls, wireless charging bay, cruise control, etc. The car also gets essential safety tech like six airbags, electronic stability control, TPMS, HHC, TC, ISOFIX mounts, etc.
VW Taigun would come with two engines and 3 transmissions- 1.0L turbo petrol and 1.5 turbo petrol. The 115hp, 1.0 TSI will be available with a standard 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmissions. The beefier 1.5 TSI turbo petrol engine will produce 150 hp and would have an optional 7 DSG transmission as well.
|1.0 L TSI Turbo Petrol
|1.5 L TSI Turbo Petrol
|6-speed manual (6MT)
6-speed torque converter automatic (6AT)
|6-speed manual transmission
7 speed DSG
Variants And Prices
Volkswagen Taigun is available in two different grades- Dynamic Line and Performance Line. There are a total of 7 variants for the buyer to choose from. The Dynamic line gets the 1.0L TSI as its powerhouse, while the more capable Performance Line comes powered by the 1.5 TSI. The Dynamic Line is priced in the Rs 10.49-15.90 lakh range. The two Performance line variants are priced at Rs 14.99 lakh and Rs 17.49 lakh respectively.
|Dynamic Line 1.0 TSI
|Performance Line 1.5 TSI
|GT Plus AT
These prices are all introductory. With the high degrees of localization in it, the Taigun claims low maintenance and ownership costs. Volkswagen India says the Taigun will demand maintenance costs of just Rs 5000 every year, roughly translating to 37 paise per km for the 1.0L variants and 40 paise for the 1.5L variants.