The date has been confirmed for the launch of Volkswagen’s most anticipated SUV, the Taigun. The pricing is expected to be similar to that of the Kushaq, which shares most of its underpinnings with the Taigun.
It has been confirmed that the Volkswagen Taigun will be launched in India on September 23, 2021. The Taigun is the first SUV to come out of the brand’s SUVW strategy. Volkswagen India emphasises that the Taigun is heavily localised – up to 95% – which will help the company price the upcoming compact SUV very aggressively. In the recent past, Volkswagen Group confirmed that the Taigun and other future products based on the MQB-A0-IN will have a relatively lower maintenance cost, as most components will be locally produced by the firm.
We expect Volkswagen to price the Taigun between Rs 10 and 17 lakh (ex-showroom), which is similar to that of the Skoda Kushaq – it ranges between Rs 10.5 and 17.6 lakh (ex-showroom). The Taigun's prices will also be similar to the prices of the Korean compact SUVs – the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The lower and the mid variants of the Volkswagen Taigun will also rival the likes of the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster, and Nissan Kicks. Out of the aforementioned compact SUVs, it's only the Creta and the Seltos that benefit from a diesel drivetrain, while all the other compact SUVs are exclusively sold with petrol engine options.
The Taigun will be launched with two engine choices – a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. Both engines are turbocharged units and produce 113bhp and 148bhp, respectively. There will be a six-speed manual on offer with both engines as standard. The 1.0-litre motor will get an optional six-speed torque converter automatic, while the 1.5-litre engine will have an option of a seven-speed dual-clutch auto.