Published on July 29th, 2021 | by Subhash Nair0
European Market Volkswagen Taigo Digital Launch Takes Place
The Volkswagen Taigo fills the gap between the Polo and T-Cross.
When it comes to new compact crossovers, Volkswagen is second to none. They’ve been churning out new nameplates left, right and centre. Even we’re having trouble keeping track of what’s what. All we know is they all start with the letter ‘T’ and they’re somewhat related to each other. Well, now Europe is getting another one, the Taigo.
The Taigo is a compact crossover coupé that expands on the company’s Polo and T-Cross MQB platform. It is aimed predominantly at younger Volkswagen buyers and is essentially based on the Brazilian market Volkswagen Nivus.
The Taigo will have lots of ‘high tech’ features like full LED headlights, a digital cockpit, the latest Volkswagen infotainment systems and even the option for IQ.Light LED Matrix headlights and an illuminated crossbar DRL.
Expect it to also come with the latest advanced driver assist systems including emergency brake function, lane departure warning system, and semi-automated driving up to 210km/h.
We don’t expect the car will be introduced to Malaysia though. That is more likely to be a derivitive of the Indian Volkswagen Taigun.
The cars pictured in red are dressed up in the R Line bodykit. It will likely be powered by 1.0L and 1.5L TSI engines with manual and DSG transmission options.
Here’s the press release with more information.
The stage is set for a new body shape from the Volkswagen brand: With the new compact crossover Taigo, Volkswagen is launching an SUV coupé on the European market for the first time. The front-wheel drive Taigo is a real crowd-pleaser with its trendy crossover body style, raised seating positions, pioneering connectivity and unrestricted suitability for everyday use. The rear of the five-seater car slopes backwards in the style of a coupé, without restricting headroom in the back seat. This sees Volkswagen expand the portfolio of the compact Polo (hatchback) and T-Cross (SUV) models built on the MQB platform with a third chassis variant, which has previously been primarily reserved for high-end models. Numerous latest-generation assistance systems guarantee optimum comfort and a high level of safety for all passengers.
The new Volkswagen Taigo focuses on design, individuality and emotion. With full LED headlights, an all-digital cockpit and the latest generation of infotainment systems (MIB3) as standard, the SUV coupé measuring in at just under 4.26 metres sets high technology standards in its class. The expressive body shape is the first of its kind in the Volkswagen brand’s model portfolio. With a crossover body style and a silhouette like that of a coupé, the new Taigo – just like its Brazilian counterpart the Nivus – is perfectly equipped for winning over new, predominantly young and young-at-heart groups of buyers for Volkswagen. The technical basis of the Taigo is Volkswagen’s MQB. Depending on the options selected, the Taigo also comes with the new IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights and an illuminated radiator grill crossbar.
The Volkswagen Taigo’s design is characterised by strong proportions, with the silhouette like that of a coupé being particularly striking with the C pillar slanting well forward. Inspired by SUV coupés in higher vehicle classes, this makes the Taigo unique in its sector.
On the inside, the Volkswagen Taigo scores with an elaborately designed multifunctional steering wheel and modern control elements as standard. The infotainment systems are based on the third generation of MIB3, including an online control unit (eSIM) and “App Connect Wireless” (depending on the configuration). Features such as access to streaming services, natural voice control and cloud-based personalisation using “Volkswagen ID” allow the use of the latest MIB3.1 services, depending on the configuration.
And when it comes to driver assistance for more comfort and safety, the new SUV coupé is very similar to Volkswagen models from higher sectors. Every Taigo comes with assistance systems such as the surroundings monitoring system “Front Assist”, including city emergency brake function, and the lane departure warning system “Lane Assist” as standard. “IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist” is available as an optional extra, enabling semi-automated driving up to a system-determined top speed of 210 km/h.