The SUV craze in India has been on a tremendous rise. The many automakers running their respective businesses in India know this quite well. In the past few years, no other segment has shown such impressive growth as the SUV segment. It is no surprise then, that many automakers prepare to roll out their own version of the compact crossover for the Indian market. Volkswagen is one such automaker that is closely eyeing to make its foray in the lucrative compact SUV segment, after successfully establishing base in the hatchback, sedan and the premium SUV segment.
As part of it Volkswagen’s Taigun concept was showcased at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. Expectations were high to see a production version of the car to make it to the 2016 Indian Auto Expo. However, not only did the compact SUV not make an appearance at the Expo, rumours about the compact SUV project being cancelled have surfaced around the world and in India.The Taigun was first displayed as a study in 2012 and was supposed to hit the market this year.
According to sources, the Volkswagen Taigun compact SUV might not be a feasible option for Volkswagen because of several reasons. For starters, economic instability in South American economies is being stated as one of the reasons the Taigun project could be scrapped. The other reason is the fact that Volkswagen thinks that the Taigun just isn’t big enough for most global markets apart from countries like India where the sub 4-meter rule exists.
In place of the Taigun, we believe Volkswagen has plans to launch a new compact SUV based on the Polo. This compact SUV could be based on the T-Cross concept that will be showcased at the upcoming 2016 Geneva Auto Show. The new compact SUV will most probably be based on the MQB platform which will also underpin the next generation Volkswagen Polo and the Volkswagen Vento. The new compact SUV will be a sub 4-meter SUV and will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, the Mahindra TUV300 and the Ford Ecosport amongst other compact SUVs. Expect the new Volkswagen compact SUV to be priced at Rs 10 lakh when it does make it to production.