Motoring news: New Volkswagen built for rougher roads

Initially for the Indian market: Launched under the VW Group’s ‘India 2.0’ project. Credit: Twitter

VOLKSWAGEN has unveiled the Taigun, a small SUV designed specifically for the Indian market and due to go into production in 2021, at the New Delhi Auto Expo. The production version of the Taigun will be the first Volkswagen launched under the VW Group’s ‘India 2.0’ project.

The new model, similar in size to the European-market T-Cross, is closely related to the Skoda Vision IN concept that has also been unveiled at the event. Both vehicles are built on a new local market version of Volkswagen’s MQB A0 modular platform and will be built alongside each other.

The Taigun is marginally longer than the T-Cross, with a wheelbase of 2651mm. It also offers an increased 205mm of ground clearance, in order to better cope with India’s rougher roads. The exterior design is bespoke to the Taigun, with a more upright design than the T-Cross and greater use of chrome to reflect local tastes. Inside, the concept features a digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch central touchscreen.

According to Autocar India, the Taigun will be powered by a 130hp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, with a CNG-powered version also being considered.

The Taigun and Vision IN will both gain ‘notchback’ variants – similar to the Brazilian VW Ventos – in the future. While the initial focus for both machines will be India, the VW Group could export them to similar markets – including Brazil and South America – in the future.

 

 

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