Yes, you have read it right. Volkswagen will commence the booking for the Taigun SUV in the mid of August. The much-awaited Compact SUV will start rolling out for deliveries by the end of September, according to reports. The launch and price announcement will happen in the third week of September. 

Volkswagen India also confirmed that it will kick start the production of the upcoming SUV from 18 August in India. The Taigun is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB AO IN platform which underpins the Skoda Kushaq. The SUVs are going to share several body parts such as doors, roof, engine and transmission and the glasshouse. 

Design cues of the Taigun 

Even though the Taigun shares many similar parts with the Kushaq, it gets its unique design bits. On the outside, it gets a two slat chrome grille unlike the signature Skoda grille in the Kushaq. You can also see chrome used on the lower part of the bumper. On the rear, unlike the Kushaq the tail light cluster spans the whole width of the body with some extra chrome finish down the bumper. 

The interiors are quite distinctive, Kushaq looks classy while the Taigun looks more subtle. Compared to the Kushaq, Tiguan gets a new AC vents design, the infotainment system is integrated into the dashboard and gets a flat-bottom three-spoke multifunction steering wheel. 

Engine options and feature list 

The SUV is also equipped with a few interesting feature lists. The 10-inch infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and My Volkswagen connect app, wireless charging pad, cruise control, Glove box cooling, 2-zone climate control and more. 

The Taigun also gets a fair bit of safety features, it comes with 6 airbags, tyre pressure deflation warning, ISOFIX child seat mounts, ABS, ESC, Real-Time vehicle tracking and more. 

Offered only in petrol trims, Taigun shares the same two petrol motors with the Kushaq. The 1.0L 3-cylinder TSI and the 1.5L 4-cylinder TSI engine. The smaller engine makes 115bhp and 175Nm of torque, the bigger motor makes 150Bhp and 250Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard for both engines, but the 1.0L gets a 6-speed torque converter and the 1.5L gets a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. 

The expected price of the Taigun 

Similar to the Kushaq, we expect the Taigun to be priced close to Rs. 10 to 18 lakh ex-showroom. Volkswagen is likely to announce the price and launch the car in the third week of September. But the booking will probably commence in mid of August and production is planned to begin from the 18th of August. 

Volkswagen Taigun will go against the sister car Skoda Kushaq, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, NIssan Kicks and Tata Harrier. Volkswagen will introduce the facelift of the existing Tiguan later this year and the Vento successor was also spotted testing which might launch in 2022. 

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