German carmaker Volkswagen seems to be pretty bullish on India which is evident in its official announcement of several new variants in future years across various categories ranging from low cost hatchbacks to expensive SUV and sedan cars. The car under discussion here is a high end power sports utility vehicle based on MK6 Golf platform of Volkswagen which is shared by Skoda sedans also.
Official sources stated that this soon to be launched variant which may be available with dealers by 2014 – 2015 will be showcased to Indian buyers at Auto Expo to be held on February in New Delhi. Since Volkswagen is manufacturing only sedans in India, the Taigun will be imported via CBU route with powertrain similar to Volkswagen Jetta.
With a body layout similar to Jetta the Taigun SUV will have both diesel and petrol fuel options and is likely to be priced between INR 20 – 22 lakhs which is slightly steep due to turbo charged engine and feature packed interiors. Exterior features which emphasize on its macho appeal are square wheel arches followed by slightly upturned curve on front bonnet along with guard rails on roof with antenna. Black cladding on underside is matched by steel design on wheel covers followed up by side stepper for convenience of passengers since the SUV has a high ground clearance ideal for all terrain vehicles. Sources at Sao Paulo wherein production model of the Taigun was showcased in 2012 have stated that average acceleration capacity of this car will be 10 seconds.
As per ARAI norms the Taigun is quite fuel efficient providing nearly 25 kmph on normal roads and it is capable of giving top selling brands like Renault Duster and other local brands a run for their money. Interiors of this car have been given the concept color of blue which extends from seats to central console and to door trims. Being a high end variant the Taigun will also have integrated music from 2Din music system with facility to connect USB and Bluetooth. The halogen headlights are surrounded by LED daytime running lights which flank front radiator grille outlined with chrome.