Volkswagen Taigun India launch LIVE updates: Over 12,200 bookings for VW's brand-new midsize SUV in already

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Volkswagen Taigun: Pre-bookings

Volkswagen India has received 12,221 bookings for the Taigun already, which is notably higher than the Skoda Kushaq, which only recently crossed the 10,000 bookings figure.

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Volkswagen Taigun: 1.5 TSI gets ACT

The Active Cylinder Technology in the Volkswagen Taigun 1.5 TSI shuts off two cylinders at low speeds to save fuel, and activates them again under hard acceleration. 

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Volkswagen Taigun: Safety

Top-spec Volkswagen Taigun variants will be equipped with ventilated front seats, auto climate control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, and safety equipment will include up to six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), hill hold control, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitor.

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Volkswagen working to reduce ownership costs

Brand Director Ashish Gupta says Volkswagen has reduced overall ownership costs for its vehicles by 25 to 30 percent, with a number of reductions in the prices of other maintenance-related aspects.

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Volkswagen India's subscription programme

Yes, you can now 'subscribe' to a Volkswagen for a period of up to four years, and the Taigun is also expected to be offered under this initiative. 

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Volkswagen India network strengthened

In the build-up to the launch of the Taigun, Volkswagen has now established a total of 150 sales touchpoints and 116 service outlets across India, so it now covers 80 percent of the country's geography. 

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Volkswagen Taigun: Launch event finally gets underway

Kicking things off is Klaus Zellmer, Member of Board (Sales and Marketing) at Volkswagen, who terms the Taigun as a "major milestone" for the company, key to the brand's target of having three percent market share in India, and says the SUV will help the brand access a "new, wider buyer base."

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Volkswagen Taigun: Powertrain options

The Volkswagen Taigun will come with two turbo-petrol engine options – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit making 110 hp, and a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine putting out 150 hp. A six-speed manual will be standard for both engines, but the 1.0-litre version will also be available with a six-speed torque-convertor automatic, while the 1.5-litre model will get the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG). Those looking for a diesel SUV will be disappointed, because the Taigun will not be offered with a diesel engine option.

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Volkswagen Taigun: Wheelbase

The Volkswagen Taigun has a wheelbase of 2,651mm, which is 41mm longer than that of the king of India’s midsize SUV space, the Hyundai Creta.

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Volkswagen Taigun launch: Watch it LIVE

You can follow the livestream of the Volkswagen Taigun launch right here.

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More MQB A0 IN models on the way

While the Volkswagen Taigun is in the spotlight today, more models based on the same MQB A0 IN platform are coming early next year - there will be midsize sedans from both Volkswagen and Skoda based on this architecture that will rival the Honda City.

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Volkswagen Taigun: Second MQB A0 IN product

The Volkswagen Taigun is the second model to be based on the Volkswagen Group's tailored-for-India MQB A0 IN platform. The first one was the Taigun's mechanical sibling, the Skoda Kushaq, which recently crossed the 10,000 bookings; it now also packs six airbags and a tyre pressure monitor in top-spec automatic form. Read our review of the Kushaq here.

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Volkswagen Taigun: A long wait

Believe it or not, it has actually been well over a year and a half since we saw the Taigun in near-production form. While it was billed a concept at its world premiere in February 2020, the production-spec Taigun almost identical to what was showcased back then, save for a few minor differences.

10:29 (IST)

Volkswagen Taigun launch: The countdown begins!

Good morning, folks, and welcome to Tech2's live coverage of the launch of Volkswagen's brand-new midsize SUV - the Taigun. The launch begins in about an hour from now, so stay tuned as we bring you all the updates from the event!

At last, the day has arrived – Volkswagen will launch its first midsize SUV for India, the all-new Volkswagen Taigun, this afternoon. The Taigun made its world premiere in 2020, and was showcased in its final, road-ready form in March this year, giving the world its first look at Volkswagen’s brand-new midsize SUV for the Indian market, which is the Volkswagen group’s second model to roll out under the company’s ambitious India 2.0 plan after the Skoda Kushaq.

The production-spec Volkswagen Taigun remains largely identical to the concept showcased in 2020. It retains almost all of the design and styling cues of the concept, with the only changes being the addition of chrome strips for the door handles, smaller alloy wheels and the deletion of the C-pillar decals. Other notable design elements include black trim-encased tail-lights (which accentuate the width of the Taigun), faux front and rear skid plates, heavy body cladding, prominent roof rails and chunky alloy wheels.

The Taigun is based on Volkswagen AG’s customised-for-India MQB A0 IN platform, which is designed to accommodate up to 95 percent local content and will also form the base for the Taigun, as well as Skoda and Volkswagen’s new sedans, which are due at the end of this year. The Volkswagen Taigun has a wheelbase of 2,651mm, which is 41mm longer than that of the king of India’s midsize SUV space, the Hyundai Creta.

Taking centre stage on the Taigun’s neat-looking dashboard is a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and the centre console features only a handful of buttons. Beneath those is the touch panel for the climate control, and one major difference for the Taigun compared to the Kushaq is the presence of a digital instruments display, which is missing from the Skoda.

Top-spec Volkswagen Taigun variants will be equipped with ventilated front seats, auto climate control, height-adjustable driver’s seat, and safety equipment will include up to six airbags, electronic stability control (ESC), hill hold control, cruise control and a tyre pressure monitor.

The Volkswagen Taigun will come with two turbo-petrol engine options – a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit making 110 hp, and a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine putting out 150 hp. A six-speed manual will be standard for both engines, but the 1.0-litre version will also be available with a six-speed torque-convertor automatic, while the 1.5-litre model will get the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic (DSG). Those looking for a diesel SUV will be disappointed, because the Taigun will not be offered with a diesel engine option.

With 92 percent localisation from the get-go, the Volkswagen Taigun is expected to be launched at a competitive starting price. Expect Volkswagen Taigun prices to be in the range of Rs 11-17 lakh (ex-showroom), which will give it the momentum it needs to battle established players in the segment such as the Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.



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