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Volkswagen recently announced its SUV offensive strategy in the Indian market. The company will be launching a slew of SUV in the country. It is already underway with the launch of the 2021 T-Roc SUV.
Included in the line-up is also the first model from the brand launching under Volkswagen Group's India 2.0 project, the Taigun. According to a recent report from Times Drive, Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, confirmed the Taigun to launch in August this year.
As the launch date nears, a couple of dealers in the country have begun accepting unofficial bookings of the Taigun mid-size SUV. The Taigun will be offered in a couple of variants, multiple engines and transmission options. Prices are expected to start at around Rs 10 lakh, ex-showroom.
The Volkswagen Taigun will be offered in two engine options. The lower-spec 1.0-litre engine will produce a maximum power of 108bhp at 5500rpm, and a peak torque of 175Nm at 1750rpm; mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic.
On the other hand, the larger 1.5-litre engine will dish out a maximum of 148bhp at 5000rpm, and a peak torque of 250Nm at 1500rpm; mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The GT variant will be offered with the 1.5-litre TSI engine as standard.
The Taigun has been Made-in-India by the German brand to suit the buyers in the country. It has used the famous MQB platform and modified it to suit Indian buyers and road conditions. The India version of the platform is relatively longer than the original platform making for a roomier cabin.
The Taigun SUV features the brand's LED Matrix headlamp technology with integrated LED DRLs, fog lamps, and LED taillamps. The increasing popularity of lightbars is seen in the Taigun design with a larger unit placed across the length of the boot lid.
The interiors of the Taigun will include the brand's virtual cockpit design with a TFT digital instrument cluster. It will also feature a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. It will support wireless smartphone connectivity such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto & the brand's latest form of connected technology — here are more details.
Thoughts About The Volkswagen Taigun India Launch Timeline Confirmed
The Volkswagen Taigun, when launched will be the brand's entry-level SUV offering in the country. The GT variant of the Taigun is expected to attract enthusiast SUV buyers. The Volkswagen Taigun will rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the upcoming Skoda Kushaq mid-size SUV in the Indian market.