Volkswagen Taigun To Launch By Diwali This Year, Will Rival Kia Seltos & Likes

by Vivaan Khatri | 22/02/2021
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Volkswagen Taigun is all set to make its Indian-market debut by the festive season this year. The German brand is betting big on its Kia Seltos rivalling SUV. Read here for the complete report.

Volkswagen unveiled the Taigun Concept car at the 2020 Auto Expo last year. According to the revealed timeline, the production version of the Volkswagen Taigun is set to enter the Indian market by Diwali 2021. In the grand scheme of things, the Taigun will be the first vehicle from VW Group to be underpinned by the MQB AO IN platform as a part of the India 2.0 plan. Other vehicles to share the same platform include the upcoming Skoda Kushaq. As for Skoda’s SUV, it will be shedding the veil in March 2021.

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Sharing the same platform, the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq will have a few things in common. Moreover, the Taigun also gets inspiration from the T-ROC and Tiguan. It is expected that the upcoming SUV from Volkswagen will measure around 4,300 mm in length. At launch, Volkswagen Taigun will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.

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As for the powertrain options, the Volkswagen Taigun will come with two choices of engines, a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol. The former is expected to belt out around 120 BHP of maximum power and 200 Nm of peak torque. This engine will be offered with two choices of transmission, a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter automatic. On the other hand, the 1.5-litre engine is the more powerful of the two, and it produces 147 BHP and 250 Nm. For the 1.5-litre engine, there will be only one gearbox on offer, which is a 7-speed DSG automatic. In addition, this engine will feature cylinder deactivation technology which, depending on the load on the engine, will adjust and deactivate up to 2 cylinders.

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Volkswagen Taigun is set to enter the market in the mid-third quarter of 2021

On the inside, the Taigun will flaunt some highlight features, for example, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, fully-digital instrument console, wireless charging, automatic climate control, electrically-adjustable driver seat, electric sunroof, and more. On the safety front, the Taigun is fitted with ABS with EBD, multiple airbags, traction control, electronic stability program, tyre pressure monitoring system, rain-sensing wipers, and more.

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Volkswagen Taigun will rival against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos

Talking about the upcoming Taigun, Ashish Gupta, Brand Director of Volkswagen, shared the brand’s vision for its future in the Indian market, saying, “In a market where the top-two players alone control almost three-fourths of the market, too much focus on volume does not make sense. Therefore, we are not looking at volume, but sustainable existence, with profitability.” He also emphasizes that the all-new Taigun will be the main focus of the car brand in 2021, saying, “This is our make-or-break model.”

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Once launched, the Volkswagen Taigun will take on the likes of Nissan Kicks, Maruti S-Cross, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and Skoda Kushaq. Apart from the Volkswagen Taigun, the German car brand will not introduce any other new model. Last year, Volkswagen launched a slew of products in the Indian market. The list includes Polo TSI, Vento TSI, T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace.

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