Volkswagen T-Cross debuts in India with exclusive look and name Taigun

After making the conceptual presentation approximately 1 year ago, Volkswagen this week in India officially launches the production version of the Taigun. The name refers directly to the mini-SUV derived from the Up! presented at the 2012 Auto Show, but it has nothing to do with it. In practice, Taigun was the baptism chosen by the Indian VW team to name the local version of the T-Cross.

The model arrives in the country with the mission of representing the brand in the competitive segment of compact SUVs, directly rivaling Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq, Kia Seltos and Tata Harrier. In addition to the exclusive name, it also incorporates differentials in the visual and adopts a front with its own elements. At this point, it exactly follows the design of the Chinese T-Cross to the detriment of the Brazilian’s look.

Taigun has 95% local content and adopts as a base a simplified version of the platform, called MQB A0 IN – the same used by Skoda in Kushaq. The dimensions accompany both the Brazilian and the Chinese T-Cross, that is, 4.20 meters in length and 2.65 m between wheelbases. For comparison, the European T-Cross has only 2.56 m of wheelbase and 4.11 m in total length.

Inside, the panel has coverings that accompany the body color, multimedia center with a 10-inch high definition screen, compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging for cell phones, USB-C inputs, digital instrument panel, sunroof and air vents for the rear seat. The list of safety items includes ESP, 6 airbags and tire pressure sensor.

Under the hood, two engine options are offered: 1.0 TSI 115 hp and 1.5 TSI 150 hp. The first can be associated with manual or automatic 6-speed gearbox, while the second is always coupled to the automated dual-clutch, 7-speed DGS transmission.

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