The new VW Taigo – pronounced “tie-go” – will launch in South Africa in June, becoming the fifth model in the automaker’s T-SUV range.
The Taigo competes in the A0 SUV segment, a vehicle category that VW said has yet to receive a coupe body style.
The new vehicle will be sold in three trim lines – Life, Style, and R-Line – with one engine option powering the range.
Starting with the Taigo Life, the new VW offers an extensive list of standard features with the highlights being all-round LED lights and the Digital Cockpit.
The latter consists of a multi-information driver’s display and a 6.5-inch infotainment system, providing support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as We Connect Go.
Furthermore, the SUV comes with a multifunction leather steering wheel, “Slash/Stoff” fabric seats, honeycomb-textured puddle lamps, and heated and folding wing mirrors – while on the outside you’ll find black roof rails and 16-inch “Belmopan” alloy wheels.
The mid-range Style is then differentiated by chrome strips on the rear bumper, a silver rear diffuser, silver anodised roof rails, and 17-inch “Aberdeen” alloy wheels.
Additionally, this specification gets LED Matrix headlights with dynamic light assist, ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, front and rear parking sensors, “Pale Grey” seat covers, a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display, and an 8-inch infotainment system.
Buyers of the range-topping R-Line can expect all of the above features, as well as “Karoso” fabric seats, stainless steel pedals, and a black headliner.
On the outside, this model also boasts 17-inch “Valencia” alloys, sporty R-Line bumpers, LED fog lights, high-gloss black exterior highlights, chrome-look exhaust surrounds, and tinted rear windows.
Across the range, buyers can install an array of extra features including keyless entry and start, a sliding panoramic sunroof, an upgraded infotainment system, larger wheels, the Black Styling Package, and advanced driver assistance systems for an additional cost.
The entire Taigo line-up in South Africa will be driven by a 1.0-litre, turbo-petrol engine developing 85kW and 200Nm.
This unit is paired with a seven-speed, dual-clutch, automatic transmission turning the front wheels.
The combination achieves a low combined fuel consumption of 5.4l/100km and allows the VW to sprint to 100km/h in 11.3 seconds.
In terms of dimensions, the new SUV coupe measures 4,266mm long, 1,515mm tall, and 1,757mm wide – with a ground clearance of 137mm – making it both flatter and longer than its blockier sibling, the T-Cross.
This translates to an increased 440-litres of cargo capacity in the Taigo, compared to the 377 litres of the T-Cross.
The new VW Taigo will go on sale in South Africa in roughly one month, with the official pricing to be announced closer to the date, said VW South Africa.
“Customers who want to pre-order the Taigo before it officially goes on sale in June 2022 may do so on the Volkswagen website,” said the company.
Each model is sold with a 3-year/120,000km warranty and a 3-year/45,000km service plan.