The Volkswagen Taigun will be VWs offering in the compact SUV segment and will go up againt the Hyundai ix25, the Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha, the Mahindra S102 and the Ford Ecosport amongst others. The Taigun will make its debut in early 2016 and will be priced at about Rs 8 lakh.
With a generous 2.47 metre wheelbase, the Taigun offers 1,036mm and 980mm of head room for front and rear passengers respectively. The 280-litre boot space goes up to 987 litres with the rear seats folded flat. The tailgate is a clever design seen on other SUVs and station wagons and splits with the top two-thirds opening upwards and the bottom third folding down.
The 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110PS of power and 175Nm of torque. Mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the engine is based on the latest EA211 series that powers the up! GT. With direct fuel injection and turbocharging, the motor returns a phenomenal efficiency of 21.2kmpl. The 100km/h mark comes up in 9.2 seconds with a top speed of 187km/h.
The compact SUV design adheres to the company’s DNA and the preview shows that the Taigun borrows a lot from its elder siblings, the Tiguan and Touareg. The production model may not get LED spotlights on roof rails and LED headlamps. But in view of the current scenario of compact SUVs, the company is sure to launch the Taigun, as compact SUVs are a surefire hit.
The India-bound compact SUV may not get the 1.0-litre turbo petrol motor to keep overall costs in check, but a new diesel or a better tuned oil-burner from the Polo may be in the offing.
The Volkswagen Taigun, slated for a late 2017 launch in India could be completely scrapped as the German manufacturer considers a Polo based SUV instead.
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