Although Volkswagen had revealed the production version of the Taigun earlier this year, it was still being referred to as a pre-production prototype. Now that the SUV—or “SUVW”—according to VW, is ready, it is being showcased to potential customers across various cities prior to an official launch. The Bengaluru event was held today and the Taigun was co-unveiled by actor Kriti Kharbanda. Watch the video embedded above.
For the uninitiated, the Taigun is the German cousin of Skoda Kushaq which is already on sale in the country. Together, these two cousins will fight the Korean cousins—the Creta and the Seltos—which currently rule the segment. The Taigun is expected to be launched in the market at the end of September 2021, once all the customer previews are done.
As expected from a VW Group car, the Taigun feels well made and is loaded with features, including LED lighting at the front, ‘Infinity LED’ taillights, an electric sunroof, an 8-inch digital cockpit, a 10-inch central touchscreen, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity, a 6-speaker audio system, wireless smartphone charging, auto AC, and rear AC vents. Safety kit includes up to 6 airbags, multi-collision braking, ESC, TPMS, and Hill Hold Control.
The Taigun shares its powertrains with its cousin. For starters, there’s a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 85 kW (116 metric hp) and 178 Nm (131 lb-ft) of torque, and can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. For those who want more, there’s a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 110 kW (150 metric hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque; this one can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DSG (automatic).