Volkswagen T-Cross Debut in India with Exclusive Look and Naam Taigun

Volkswagen T-Cross Debut in India with Exclusive Look and Naam Taigun

The local version has a more robust front and a 150 hp 1.5 TSI engine.

Volkswagen officially launched the production version of the Taigun this week in India, after giving a conceptual presentation about 1 year ago. The name refers to the mini-SUV derived directly from above! Presented at the 2012 Auto Show, but has nothing to do with it. In practice, Taigun was baptized by the Indian VW team to name the local version of the T-Cross.

The model comes into the country with the mission of representing the brand in the competitive segment of compact SUVs, directly followed by Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushak, Kia Celtos and Tata Harrier. In addition to the exclusive name, it also incorporates differences in view and poses with its own elements. At this point, it actually contrasts the design of the Chinese T-Cross with the Brazilian look.

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

Inside, the panel has coverings that come with a 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 input, digital instrument Panel, sunroof and air vents for the rear seat. The list of safety items includes ESP, 6 airbags and tire pressure sensors.

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

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Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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