If you are planning to buy a Volkswagen Taigun SUV or a Volkswagen Virtus sedan, the next 9 days is probably the better time as the German automaker has announced a 2 per cent price hike, effective from October 1. Volkswagen claims that the upcoming price hike is due to the recent increase in the input cost.
Thanks to the launch of the Volkswagen Taigun SUV and Volkswagen Virtus sedan, the German automaker has been able to gain some lost market share. However, the upcoming price hike is highly unlikely to help the automaker boost its sales figures in the country.
That being said, both the Volkswagen Taigun SUV and the Volkswagen Virtus sedan come under the German automaker’s India 2.0 business strategy, and are also built on the same MQB-A0 IN platform.
Thanks to the above-mentioned MQB-A0 IN platform, the Volkswagen Virtus is the biggest sedan in its segment measuring 4,561mm long, 1,752mm wide, and 1,507mm tall. Moreover, the German sedan also sports a best-in-class wheelbase of 2,651mm.
The Volkswagen Taigun being an SUV sports slightly different exterior dimensions at 4,221mm length, 1,760mm width, and 1,612mm height. However, the Volkswagen Taigun sports an identical wheelbase to the Volkswagen Virtus sedan at 2,651mm.
Thanks to the MQB A0-IN platform, both the new Volkswagen Virtus sedan and Volkswagen Taigun SUV sport an almost identical equipment list that includes features such as a large 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging pad, a fully-digital instrument cluster, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, automatic wipers, cruise control, rear AC vents, auto headlamps, auto wipers and much more.
It is also worth mentioning that both the models come with top-tier safety features such as 6 airbags, hill-hold control, ABS with EBD, traction control (TC), Brake Disc Wiping, Roll Over Protection, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), multi-collision braking system (MBS), hill start assist, Anti-Slip Regulation and Motor Slip Regulation, ISOFIX points and a few more.
Apart from that, both the Volkswagen Virtus sedan and Volkswagen Taigun SUV share the same powerplant and gearbox options. Both models come with petrol-only powertrain options and the base engine option is a 1.0-litre TSI engine with 113bhp of peak power and 178Nm of peak torque. This engine on both models comes with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The next engine option is a larger 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with 147.5bhp of peak power and 250Nm of peak torque. For better fuel efficiency, this engine also has the ability to deactivate two of its four cylinders as well.
While the 6-speed manual transmission and the 7-speed DSG gearbox can be specified with the Volkswagen Taigun SUV equipped with the 1.5 TSI engine, the same doesn’t hold true for the Volkswagen Virtus sedan as the 1.5 TSI engine in the Virtus sedan comes exclusively mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission.
At present, the Volkswagen Virtus sedan prices start from Rs 11.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India) for the base Comfortline variant, whereas the base variant of the Volkswagen Taigun SUV is almost Rs 18,000 more expensive.
Coming to the top-spec version, the Volkswagen Taigun GT Plus variant is priced at Rs 18.59 lakh (ex-showroom, India), whereas the top-spec Volkswagen Virtus GT Plus variant is priced at Rs 17.91 lakh (ex-showroom, India). As mentioned, expect a 2 per cent price hike from the current pricing from October 1 onwards.
Thoughts About Volkswagen India’s Upcoming Price Hike
While Volkswagen India has stated the unavoidable ‘rising input costs’ as the reason for the upcoming 2 per cent price hike, we doubt the upcoming festive season to be a part of the decision behind the price hike.
Keyword: Volkswagen Taigun, Virtus To Become More Expensive From October 1 - All You Need To Know