You may look at the title and think that this might be a typo. After all, the test mule looks like the upcoming Volkswagen Taigun. The Volkswagen Taigun is essentially the T Cross for international markets. The mid-size SUV is developed for developing markets like Brazil.
The T Cross and the Taigun share the same underpinnings of the MQB-AO platform with the Taigun getting the Indian version of the platform i.e. MQB-AO(IN). The T Cross seen here is in the Left-hand drive orientation which suggests that Volkswagen might be testing the SUV for international markets. They might also be using the T Cross for testing out the powertrain and components for the Indian Taigun.
The Volkswagen Taigun was recently showcased for the media and we have already made a walk around video for it. The Taigun follows typical Volkswagen styling with an understated theme. It features LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels and a sunroof on the outside. The interiors feature a 10 inch Volkswagen play infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. It will also feature wireless charging, ventilated seats, virtual cockpit display, 6 airbags, ESC, TCS, HHC etc. Expect the external dimensions of the Taigun to be similar to the recently Kushaq with which it shares its underpinnings and powertrains. The class-leading wheelbase should liberate good legroom at the rear for the passengers. The engine and the transmission options in the Taigun and T Cross are similar. It gets a turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engine which churns out 115Ps of power and 178Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The other engine option is a turbocharged 1.5-litre TSI which produces 150Ps and 250Nm of torque. Transmission duties are taken care of by a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission.
We expect the Taigun to have strengths such as solid build, fun to drive handling and class-leading performance. The Taigun is expected to be launched in the month of August. If the price of the Kushaq is anything to go by, the Taigun could follow a premium pricing strategy.