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Volkswagen launched the Taigun SUV in India at a beginning value of 10.49 lakh (ex-showroom). It’s going to tackle Skoda Kushaq amongst rivals within the compact SUV section. Here’s a variant-wise comparability between the 2 together with their costs.

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HT Auto Desk

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Written By : Sabyasachi Dasgupta
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Up to date on:
27 Sep 2021, 02:35 PM

Volkswagen Taigun SUV has a lot of similarities with its sibling rival Skoda Kushaq, including the price structure.
Volkswagen Taigun SUV has a whole lot of similarities with its sibling rival Skoda Kushaq, together with the value construction.

Volkswagen Taigun SUV marks the German carmaker’s enterprise into the compact SUV section for the primary time in India. The launch was lengthy awaited, on condition that the Taigun was first unveiled virtually six months in the past. But it surely appears to have picked up tempo throughout the first few days, recording greater than 13,000 bookings by the weekend to this point.

Volkswagen hopes the Taigun SUV will entice a big part of younger patrons with its famed German engineering and options it has to supply. With costs beginning at 10.49 lakh and going as much as 17.49 lakh (ex-showroom), Taigun is obtainable in 5 trim ranges with the choice of two powertrains.

Volkswagen Taigun is in a method a technical cousin of the Skoda Kushaq, not solely as a result of the 2 carmakers belong to the identical group, but in addition as a result of they share a whole lot of similarities, together with its value construction. In comparison with the Taigun, Skoda Kushaq costs begin at 10.50 lakh and go as much as 18 lakh (ex-showroom). Whereas each SUVs are aggressively priced, they nonetheless don’t handle to undercut a number of the key rivals like Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos.

If one takes a have a look at the value structuring of each Taigun and Kushaq, one will realise that the 2 SUVs have related variety of variants on provide. Whereas Taigun begins with the Comfortline trim, Kushaq affords Energetic as the bottom variant. Each these variants include the identical 1.0litre TSI petrol engine mated to a handbook gearbox. The 2 SUVs additionally provide solely two trims with the selection of the extra highly effective 1.5-litre TSI engine which is mated to both a 5-speed handbook or a seven-speed DSG gearbox. For Taigun, the trims are categorized because the GT Line, which has a handbook and a DSG unit. For Kushaq although, the highest two variants are both automated or DSG items. Subsequently, Kushaq’s 1.5-litre TSI automated mannequin is priced slightly greater than a lakh in opposition to Taigun’s GT Line handbook. 

Volkswagen Taigun SUV variants Value (Ex-showroom, India) Skoda Kushaq SUV variants Value (Ex-showroom, India)
Comfortline 10.49 lakh Energetic 10.51 lakh
Highline (M) 12.79 lakh Ambition 12,81 lakh
Highline (AT) 14.09 lakh Ambition (AT) 14.21 lakh
Topline (M) 14.56 lakh Fashion 14.61 lakh
Topline (AT) 15.90 lakh Fashion (AT) 15.82 lakh
GT (M) 14.99 lakh Fashion AT (1.5-litre TSI) 16.22 lakh
GT Plus (DSG) 17.49 lakh Fashion (1.5-litre DSG) 17.62 lakh

Ashish Gupta, Model Director at Volkswagen India, spoke solely to HT Auto on the sidelines of the launch. He mentioned, “After we began this venture, round three years again, it was essential for us to be sure that we offer worth to the shoppers worth in constructed with commonplace expectations from a Volkswagen. When a buyer buys a Volkswagen, he expects at the very least a minimal degree of options minimal degree of apparatus, and commonplace security. That is one thing which our clients on unequivocally instructed us, you can’t compromise on. And that meant we very clearly determined that we’ll not be introducing the Trendline. That’s the reason we’re beginning our lineup from the Comfortline, which suggests it’s one plus above entry degree and comes with a really nicely geared up bundle.”

Gupta additionally mentioned, “One factor is fairly clear that it’s important for each of us to succeed and we have now to feed from one another’s success. So each our groups work very intently collectively, and ensuring that we outline our methods to not overlap one another. However on the similar time, additionally sustaining our distinctive identities. I might say my sibling model has additionally been fairly profitable, whether or not I am extra profitable them or not, would not matter. So long as we as a bunch are profitable.”

Whereas Volkswagen refused to agree a few doable sibling rivalry, evidently Taigun and Kushaq will lock horns virtually variant for variant, value for value. Whereas Skoda had an excellent run to this point with the Kushaq SUV by way of gross sales and bookings, query is whether or not Taigun’s arrival will overshadow its preliminary success.

First Printed Date: 27 Sep 2021, 02:35 PM IST

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