Spy shots reveal more details of new Volkswagen’s T-Cross-based Taigo SUV coupe.
The new Volkswagen Taigo has been spotted undisguised during final-stage testing ahead of its launch later this year.
The Volkswagen Taigo is, in effect, the T-Cross SUV but with a more flowing rear roofline that gives it a slightly sportier profile.
The car is based on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform for compact cars; it’s the smallest version of the VW Group’s modular chassis architecture and the same structure that underpins both the T-Cross compact SUV and the Polo supermini.
The Taigo is slightly longer than the T-Cross at 4,266mm long, but its roofline sits around 10mm lower. It will give customers a more style-focused small SUV VW option, serving as a rival for the likes of the Toyota C-HR at a time when sales in this area of the market are expanding.
VW said that the Taigo will launch with a range of TSI petrol engines, including a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol, with a range of power outputs; the Polo uses this engine in 77kW and 81kW forms.
It’s feasible that VW may also offer more potent editions of the vehicle with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit. No diesels or hybrids are likely to feature, partly to help keep pricing more affordable.
Volkswagen has confirmed that the Taigo will feature LED headlights as standard, while a fully digital cockpit, a multitude of driver assistance systems and the latest connectivity tech will also be offered.
Our spy images show that the car’s profile sports a rakish roofline at the rear, differentiating the Taigo from its more pragmatic T-Cross sibling, while at the rear a prominent spoiler and a full-width LED light signature complete the look.
The car will be built at VW’s Pamplona factory in Spain, where the T-Cross and Polo are already produced.
Pricing will be confirmed closer to the car’s on-sale date towards the end of 2021, but expect to pay a small premium for the Taigo’s extra style compared with the brand’s T-Cross SUV.