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Volkswagen T-Cross Facelift Unveiled: Will Taigun Get The Same Upgrades for India?

Volkswagen launched a mid-cycle refresh T-Cross facelift for emerging markets. It shares its underpinnings with the Taigun sold in India. The facelift features new tech, materials and design tweaks inside and out. VW India isn't planning a Taigun facelift but will launch a new SUV and an electric car soon.

Edited By : Auto Desk | Updated: May 17, 2024 14:25 IST
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The Volkswagen T-Cross facelift has been launched for the emerging markets with a mid-cycle refresh. The SUV shares its underpinnings and some components with the Taigun, which is currently sold in India. 

The T-Cross has been available in Brazil since April 2019, while the Taigun arrived in India about a year later. Its facelift brings some aesthetic changes to the exterior and interior, as well as important feature updates. For Europe, there is a slightly shorter version of the T-Cross, which received a facelift a few months ago.

Volkswagen T-Cross Facelift: What’s New?

The feature list is where the SUV has received the biggest changes. High-end variants now come with ADAS technology, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, autonomous braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.  

Additionally, top-spec variants boast a panoramic sunroof, soft-touch materials on the doors, a larger 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen, climate control system, and an 8-way powered driver’s seat.

The modifications on the outside are relatively minor. The SUV now gets new LED detailing in the tail-lights, new front and rear bumpers, reprofiled LED headlights, and new 17-inch alloy wheels. Some of these changes were observed on the test mule spied previously. 

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The cabin of the facelifted T-Cross now boasts a tweaked dash design with distinctive upholstery for the seats with the T-Cross logo and restyled AC vents. The updated T-Cross retains the 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engines from VW’s TSI family.

Is the Volkswagen T-Cross facelift an updated Taigun for India?

Volkswagen has not announced any official plans to introduce a Taigun facelift in India. The German carmaker is instead focusing on launching the seven-seater Tayron on our shores in 2025 and an affordable electric vehicle (EV) in 2026. 

Still, since the T-Cross shares the for-emerging market MQB-A0 platform with Taigun, the two SUVs have a lot in common. Since the launch of the T-Cross preceded that of the Taigun, the South American model gave us a fair hint of what to expect in India.

However, there is no official information from VW India about introducing a facelift for the Taigun anytime soon. 

Volkswagen is also looking for a local partner to reduce expenses for its next range of vehicles – the low cost MEB21G EV architecture-based EVs. The company also has plans to launch the GTI brand in India.

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First published on: May 17, 2024 02:25 PM IST

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