Volkswagen’s much-anticipated Taigun SUV will be unveiled on Sep 23, 2021. Volkswagen began series production of the Taigun in India earlier this month, on August 18. At the Taigun’s Pune, Maharashtra factory, the pre-bookings and production began last week. As of right now, reservations for the mid-size SUV can be made at dealerships or through the company’s website. 

It is the Volkswagen Taigun’s sibling, the Skoda Kushaq. Fueled by 1.5-liter turbocharged petrol engines with 115 hp and 150 hp, respectively. VW India’s website and dealerships are still taking reservations.

Optional engines and transmissions for the Volkswagen Taigun

Both the Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq will have two turbo-petrol engine options: a 115hp, 1.0 litre, 3-cylinder engine, as well as 150hp, 1.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine. In addition to the 6-speed manual transmission, the 1.0 TSI will also be offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic and the 1.5 TSI will be offered with an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission.

What you should know about the Volkswagen Taigun

Owing to its unique design and VW-specific features, even though it shares the same platform as the Kushaq, the Taigun stands out from the crowd. For example, it has a chrome grille with horizontal bars, single-piece headlights, and a chrome insert below the bumper. The taillight cluster spans the entire width of the tailgate, and the bumper below is adorned with even more chrome.

Both SUVs have identical switchgear, but while Taigun’s infotainment screen is integrated into the dashboard, it has a different design for its AC vents. The dashboard’s trim is also noticeably different.

As for features, top-spec models of the SUV will come with a 10-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and My Volkswagen connect app, automatic climate control, USB Type-C ports, and a wireless charging pad, among other things. The digital instrument cluster on the Taigun gives it an edge over the Kushaq. To name a few safety features, the Taigun will have six airbags, ESC (standard across all trims), tyre pressure deflation warning, and ISOFIX child seat mounts, just to name a few

Competitors and expected price

As a midsize SUV, the Volkswagen Taigun will compete with other models such as the Hyundai Creta, the Kia Seltao, the Nissan Kicks, and even its own Skoda In addition to the Tata Harrier and MG Hector, the Taigun will also face competition from the larger Tata Harrier and For the Taigun, prices are expected to be in the range of around Rs 10.50 lakh to Rs 17 lakh (ex-showroom).