VW has revealed its first SUV coupe, and it’s called the Taigo.
This is the brand’s new compact crossover and it is based on its Brazilian counterpart, the Nivus.
“The new Taigo is positioned as a trendy crossover between the compact city SUV T-Cross and the hatchback bestseller Polo,” said VW.
According to the company, the Taigo is bringing design elements of high-class SUVs into the price-sensitive “A0” segment.
A similar design to the Brazilian-spec VW Nivus is found on the Taigo. A forward-slanting c-pillar was then used to create a coupe style.
This coupe styling still allows for 438 litres of storage, though, which is close to that of the T-Cross (at 455 litres).
Large wheels with offset wheel arch cladding then help to emphasise the crossover character of the Taigo.
The interior is also largely the same as that of the Nivus, but an updated aircon system – that is found in the facelifted Tiguan – is fitted for the new car.
VW has also given the Taigo a raised seating position to provide an elevated view from the cockpit for better visibility.
The Taigo features full LED headlights, an all-digital cockpit, VW’s latest infotainment system, and a multifunctional steering wheel as standard.
This 9.2-inch infotainment system can be controlled via voice commands and offers access to streaming services, too.
The latest safety features are also fitted, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a surround-view monitoring system.
Furthermore, VW has implemented its “functions on-demand” system to allow its customers to add additional functions to their Taigo through over-the-air software updates.
VW has said that the Taigo will only be available with 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines.
These will be available in two three-cylinder options, and a four-cylinder specification.
Power provided by these engines is then 70kW, 81kW, and 110kW, respectively, said the company.
These will be connected to either a five or six-speed manual transmission, or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Coming to South Africa
VW has confirmed to TopAuto that the new Taigo will be brought to South Africa at the end of 2021.
No pricing information has been released as yet.