Volkswagen India is prepping the 2021 Volkswagen Taigun for its launch in India during the month of July. As for the Nepali market, the vehicle’s launch here will likely get delayed owing to the Covid-19 pandemic. Upon its rollout here, the compact SUV will rival the likes of Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta. Besides the Creta and Seltos, the Volkswagen Taigun will also compete against the upcoming Skoda Kushaq, Nissan Kicks, and Renault Duster.
In this article, we have gathered the essential details you need to know about the 2021 Volkswagen Taigun before it makes an appearance in Nepal.
Let’s start with the platform the Taigun will be based on. The Taigun is the first vehicle to be built on the MQB A0 IN platform. The renowned MQB platform is considered to be one of the most versatile platforms across the world. Using this platform, Volkswagen has ensured that the compact SUV, made in India, will meet the Indian market’s needs: the SUV has been designed to meet the new emission requirements for India, ensure enhanced safety for all occupants, and have a competitive price.
The MQB A0 IN platform is also shared by the Skoda Kushaq. The two SUVs will also feature a number of similar elements such as the doors, roof, and glass house. That said, the German carmaker has made sure to deliver the Taigun with its own identity and distinctive styling.
The Taigun does showcase several different design features from the Kushaq, though–such as the single-piece headlights, a two-slat chrome grille, a chrome insert on the lower part of the bumper, and an LED tail lamp cluster that runs across the width of the rear.
The interior features a few dissimilar components as well. In the Taigun, the AC vents are designed differently, and the infotainment screen has been subtly incorporated into the dashboard, rather than being a free-standing unit like in the Kushaq.
The Taigun’s design overall is urbanish, with an upright look on the front and a boxy aesthetic delivering a powerful, charismatic, bold, and sporty stance to the model. The German-engineered SUV’s design elements comprise LED headlights and DRLs, the signature grille with chrome strips and brand logo proudly placed centrally, halogen fog lamps, a pronounced bumper with a faux skid plate fitted on its lower half, etc. The compact SUV stands on 17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, and the roof rails make the SUV seem taller. Design elements such as bold shoulder creases and the chrome garnish with a rear skid plate further enhance the vehicle’s sporty character. The rear of the SUV boasts a C-shaped continuous LED tail lamp—a signature design element for Taigun.
The Volkswagen Taigun comes with a spacious, comfortable, connected, and colourful cabin. It offers an elevated seating position for all-round visibility, enhancing the feeling of safety and confidence in occupants.The dashboard uses a black-grey colour pattern, and the infotainment area is surrounded in a piano-black finish. The steering wheel is a multi-function unit and the driver’s display is fully digital. For the convenience of passengers, the interior is smartly designed to accommodate multiple cubby holes and storage spaces.
The interior is adorned with design elements such as a modern dashboard layout with décor inserts, a digital cockpit, a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ambient lighting, and an electric sunroof.
The SUV also features auto AC with touch control (it doesn’t get knobs and buttons–instead, it works on tactile feedback), smart storage spaces, leather upholstery, Type-C, USB charging ports, wireless charging, My Volkswagen Connect, and ventilated leather front seats, all of which serve to up the convenience factor for the driver and occupants. Safety duties are handled by the Electronic Stability Control, Tyre Pressure Deflation Warning, 3 Head-Restraints at the rear, Rear Park Distance Control, Hill Hold Control, airbags (up to 6 of them), ISOFIX, etc
The Taigun will come in two petrol-engine options: a 1-litre TSI and a 1.5-litre TSI unit with active cylinder deactivation technology (ACT). The 1-litre engine, which will produce 113bhp of power and 175Nm of torque, comes paired to a six-speed manual gearbox and a torque converter automatic transmission. The latter will produce 148bhp of power and 250Nm of torque. It will be offered in a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission variant.There is no diesel engine on offer.
The 2021 Volkswagen Taigun’s price in Nepal
As mentioned earlier, for now, the launch of the 2021 Volkswagen Taigun in Nepal is up in the air. When it does launch, the price for the 2021 Volkswagen Taigun here is expected to start from NPR 55 lakhs.
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