With the increasing popularity of the compact SUV models in the market, every popular company is concentrating on launching new models lined up in the same segment. Few of many competitors ruling in the market are Renault, Ford, and Mahindra and are delivering marvelous compact SUV models in the market. And, finally the German automaker, Volkswagen is all set to come into the limelight of the domestic auto market after a year. Volkswagen has already been appreciated by the people and automakers from around the world and marked it as one among the leading manufacturers of the world.
With its brilliant innovations, I’m sure it must have won many hearts by now. However, this German Automaker has not yet tried its luck in the Compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) segment and it disappointed many prospective buyers. Well, the good news is here and Volkswagen is all set to make its debut in such particular segment with its latest creation. This car will expand the company’s portfolio and it will be the first ever Compact SUV to be launched in the Indian Market by The Volkswagen. It is believed that the makers have finally understood the expectations of the Indian buyers after looking at the huge sales of Ford EcoSport and Renault Duster. Hence, after years of wait, Volkswagen is finally bringing the Taigun to India.
From the outlooks of the Volkswagen Taigun, we can say that it has got stylish looks and a stunning appearance. It has got a muscular look any SUV might have with an amazingly clean finish. Although, its styling has large similarities of its sibling Volkswagen Touareg and the same can be expected from the compact SUV’s roof rails, side panels and underbody. Taigun is based on the Up! Front wheel- drive New Small Family Platform (NSF). It will approximately be 3.9m long and 1.74m wide, which is quite good for this segment. To make it look more rugged, Taigun has been made with a wheelbase measuring at 2.47m which is not very usual with other branded models in this segment. With its refreshing look at the front with the main grille made sleeker and provided with furnished dual slots that hold the company’s iconic logo. With the headlamps lumped with the LEDs for the efficient Daytime Running and the similar that has been mounted on the front roof rails, it has given a splendid look to the car. The front and rear bumpers are given silver and aluminum protective cladding, respectively.
The interior section of Volkswagen Taigun seems to have a dual colour that is two-tone beige and a black color scheme providing a bright ambiance. The makers have said that the interiors of the new Taigun will be made more advanced and are spacious with the greater headroom. It will offer this sub 4-meter vehicle with features including an air conditioning system with heater, a power steering system with tilt function, power windows with one-touch operation, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Smartphone connectivity and lots of other advanced features. Also, we can expect other utility features such as accessory power socket, storage compartment, bottle and cup holders, foldable rear seats, height adjustable driver seat and other important features. The company will also be offering this model with three auxiliary instruments such as oil pressure, coolant temperature and charge pressure, respectively.
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Engine and Performance:
The motor of the Volkswagen Taigun has been made on the EA211 engine platform and it promises to be introduced with a 3 cylinder based 1.0 liter turbocharged petrol power plant with a direct fuel injection system. The most appealing feature is that it has the ability to churn out a maximum power of about 108.5bhp at 5000rpm while generating 175Nm of peak torque output at just 1750rpm. High torque output at low engine RPM makes it ideal for city maneuvering and offers an exceptional driving dynamics. The company has coupled this sophisticated engine with a 6-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to the front wheels. It takes only about 9.2 seconds for the vehicle to reach the 100 Kmph speed mark and it can go up to a top speed of 185 Kmph, which is quite good.
The classy Volkswagen Taigun will be said to have the most fuel efficient in class with a well-equipped powerful 1 liter TSI petrol power plant. The manufacturer claims that this engine comes with an ability to give away 21.27 Kmpl of mileage, which is quite remarkable for a compact SUV.
Safety and Security measures:
For safety and security reasons, the company has fitted the car with front and rear disc brakes along with an Electronic Stability Program, which minimizes the loss of traction. The car will be launched with the features of Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and multiple airbags will be fitted for extensive care to the passengers in case of any adversity and the suspension will bear the advanced features of stabilizing bars and coil springs, further enhancing the safety measures.
Price: It is expected to be fall in the price range of Rs. 9 lakh to 13 lakh, thereby giving a tough competition to Renault Duster and to be launched Maruti Suzuki XA Alpha.
Pros: Stylish body design, advanced features, and advanced engine.
Cons: Cost of ownership.
Compact SUV lovers and prospective buyers who are waiting for more advanced features with stunning exteriors as well as interiors can totally opt for the new Taigun which will definitely be a budget-friendly vehicle. With rising competition among the compact SUVs, Taigun will have to made launched during the right time to catch buyer’s attention.