Volkswagen Lists 2021 Hyundai Creta-Rivalling Taigun SUV On Website
The Taigun will be the first made-in-India new car from VW under their India 2.0 plan, with a slew of launches planned to follow
Volkswagen Taigun will get two turbo-petrol engine options.
Sporty DSG automatic will be available with the more potent 1.5-litre TSI engine only.
It will also pack in dual screens, both over 10 inches in size.
It will be built in India, and share its underpinnings with the Skoda Vision IN.
Taigun will primarily rival the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
Having first shown it off right before the 2020 Auto Expo, Volkswagen has now listed their upcoming compact SUV, the Taigun, on their website. The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos rival is expected to go on sale early next year.
The Taigun’s styling is based on China-spec T-Cross and the SUV is being built on VW’s MQB A0-IN platform, which also underpins its Skoda counterpart, the Vision IN concept-based SUV. The German brand has enjoyed success in small amounts in India, with models like Polo, Vento, Rapid, Octavia and even the Superb proving to be popular, but not really in terms of volumes. Their India 2.0 journey is looking to change that, and what a better way to start than by locking horns with two of the most selling cars in India: the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
The Taigun will use the VW Group’s 1.0-litre three cylinder turbo-petrol engine that we have already seen in the Polo, Vento and Rapid. It is expected to turn out the same 110PS/175 that it does in these cars, along with the 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter. The 1.5-litre TSI engine (150PS) that we have seen in the Karoq and T-Roc is also expected to be among the options list. It will be paired only with a 7-speed DSG gearbox.
On the features front, VW is expected to pack in a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system that will be complemented by a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. The lighting will be all LED and we expect the latest range of tech such as connected car technology to be onboard. On the safety front too, we expect the whole suit of traction control and stability control features along with six airbags.
The VW Taigun will be priced aggressively as it is made on a platform that has been localised for India, and will be manufactured in India. Thus, we expect it to be priced around the Rs 10 lakh mark. Now, if VW manages to undercut the higher variants of the Creta and Seltos, then, the Taigun just might be able to make a dent in the market share of the Korean cousins.
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