Volkswagen is enriching its range with the all-new Taigo, a coupe SUV cousin of the Nivus already sold in Latin America.
It has been a few years since SUV have the wind in their sails, occupying a lot of space in the ranking of the best-selling models in France. Now present in the range of the majority of manufacturers, from low-cost to the most luxurious, this segment is emulated by customers. Often criticized for their anti-aerodynamic and clumsy shape, these leggy models have however evolved over the years, while a new silhouette begins to have its small success. These are SUV coupes, a very specific category inaugurated by the BMW X6 and other GLE coupes, which is also growing in importance. Renault, for example, has already given in with its new Arkana, as has Porsche with its Cayenne coupé. But it is now another brand that arrives in this segment, namely Volkswagen, which is just lifting the veil on its new Taigo. A sort of European version of the Nivus already marketed in Latin America, it has many characteristics.
With its style quite close to the T-Cross, both on the front and rear, this new Volkswagen Taigo actually looks like a coupe version of the latter. We find indeed a similar front face, although the pencil stroke has been slightly modified so as not to make believe in a simple copy and paste. Despite discreet differences, the rear also inherits the DNA of the small SUV, with its lights linked together by a black band. 4.26 meters long, or 15 centimeters longer than the T-Cross, the compact SUV is also intended to be livable, with its trunk displaying a volume of between 385 and 455 liters thanks to its sliding rear seat. On board, this new arrival in the range takes a similar presentation to its cousin, with its digital handset and its 6.5-inch touch screen. This notably incorporates the new infotainment system MIB3 as well as We Connect services. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Wireless are also standard equipment on the Style and R-Line finishes.
A complete range
Under its hood, the new Volkswagen Taigo offers a range of simple engines with three and four cylinder units, in gasoline only. Entry-level is embodied by the 1.0-liter TSI 95 horsepower, which comes in a 110 horsepower version, while the 1.5-liter TSI is offered with 150 horses. No diesel therefore in the catalog, nor hybridization, not even a simple 48 volts system. Note that these engines are offered with a five- or six-speed manual gearbox, as well as with a DSG dual-clutch transmission and seven gears. Offering a very complete endowment, the SUV coupe is notably equipped with the semi-autonomous driving assistant IQ.Drive Travel Assist, predictive ACC or even the parking exit assistant. The fatigue detector is delivered as standard from the first level of finish, as is the prolactin protection system for the occupants, making it possible to better anticipate a possible shock.
Note that the Volkswagen Taigo uses the MQB-A0 platform well known within the group, equipping among others the T-Cross as well as the new Skoda Fabia and the current Seat Ibiza and Audi A1. The launch of this new model is then expected by the end of the year, while prices have not yet been announced. However, we know that the range will consist of Taigo, Life, Style and R-Line finishes, with lines of standard equipment revised so that they are better differentiated. There is no doubt, however, that it will be necessary to count on an entry ticket a little higher than the 21,845 € requested for the T-Cross.
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