It's raining SUVs for Volkswagen at the Auto Expo 2020. VW has finally decided to add colour and diversity in its line-up and it was long overdue. India is now seeing an unnatural demand for SUVs, crossovers and MPVs and Volkswagen decided to take a bite off this demand. They revealed three distinctive SUVs which include the futuristic I.D. Crozz concept which the automaker confirmed would be their first fully electric SUV for India. They also showcased the 7-Seater Tiguan AllSpace and the funky looking T-Roc.
Another car that caught our attention was the almost production-ready Taigun concept. This car shares the same underpinnings as the Skoda Vision IN as both the vehicles are built on the India-specific MQB A0 IN platform which VW has built specifically for Indian road conditions. This underpinning will also be the draft for various future products from Volkswagen and its sister companies.
Volkswagen has slated the Taigun for late 2021 and will be 85% similar to the concept showcased at the Auto Expo. It is very similar to the international spec of T-Cross SUV but gets longer for India. This is where the adapted platform comes into play. It has been extended to accommodate more second-row seats and luggage space. It has a wheelbase of 2651 mm which is 100mm longer than the Euro-Spec T-Cross. It also has raised ground clearance of 205 mm which is also specific for India.
The Taigun follows a generic design language which is highlighted with muscular and clean lines. But it has been credibly modified for the Indian market in which you get the sharper-looking bonnet and has a healthy dose of chrome treatment on the grille and bumpers. The lighting is LED all-round and DRLs upfront gives it an angry look. The bottom half of the front bumper has an extended blackened area which adds a contrasting feature and also houses the fog lamps. The design cues are proportional and minimal yet muscular lines make the Taigun an unmistakable Volkswagen.
The interior has a clean look with a layered dashboard setup. The top layer houses its infotainment system adjacent to its digital instrument cluster. The build quality is impressive and Volkswagen has done a solid job with the fit and finish. The seats are comfortable but due to its narrow width, three people on the second row is a tight fit. Taigun is a bundle of modern features and it has an array of creature comforts on offer. The dashboard is highlighted with an 8-inch infotainment system which is intuitive to use. The instrument cluster is also a fully digital unit and is in line with the infotainment unit.
Safety features will also be top-notch on the Taigun and the similarly built American model gets an impressive 5-Star NCAP rating. It will be powered by a 1.5L turbocharged inline04 engine that pumps out an impressive 128 bhp and comes with cylinder deactivation technology which could drastically help in mileage. Volkswagen is also analysing to bring out a CNG variant shortly if it finds enough interested takers.
The Taigun would cost on the steeper side if it makes it to India as a CBU or CKD. But VW is acting swiftly to bring costs down with localisation of various components and that is the main agenda of their India 2.0 project. It will be a long time until they finalize the final product and put a sticker price on it. But if they mix in the right ingredients, VW will surely have a winner on their hands.