If there's one model missing from the Volkswagen Philippines lineup, it's a seven-seater crossover. Sure, they may have launched several high-riding models like the Tiguan, Tiguan LWB, and even the Touareg. But those didn't come with a third row of seats. The only recent seven-seater Volkswagen offered in the country was the Touran MPV, and even that's no longer on sale.
With that, Volkswagen could use a seven-seater crossover/SUV to attract buyers that prefer to have three rows of seats. But what could they bring to the country? Some might say the Teramont is the likeliest of candidates, but there is another seven-seater the automaker can bring. It’s the 2021 Volkswagen Talagon, and it’s even bigger than the Teramont.
Measuring 5152mm long (+116), 2002mm wide (+13), and 1795mm tall (+26), the Talagon is indeed huge. But despite being bigger in size, the Talagon also rides on the same MQB Evo platform as the Atlas.
Another key difference the Talagon has over the Teramont is its exterior design. Instead of having a relatively square-shaped body, the Talagon has a more wagon-like profile. From the muscular front fascia and hood to the creases and flowing lines on the side and rear tailgate, the Talagon is quite the looker.
As for the Talagon’s interior, it has a Golf-like dashboard, a floating center console, acres of leather upholstery, a digital instrument panel, a panoramic sunroof, and ambient lighting. Since it’s a three-row crossover, the Talagon is available with either six- or seven- seats. Should Volkswagen actually bring the Talagon here, the seven-seater variant would be the likeliest version offered.
A variety of engines will be available for the 2021 Talagon. But for now, a 2.5-liter turbocharged V6 powers the three-row crossover. It makes a generous 295 PS along with a stump-pulling 500 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to all four wheels via a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
With the Talagon now available in China, could Volkswagen actually bring it here? Possibly, but unlikely. The Talagon is built by VW-FAW, while the Philippine-bound models are sourced from VW-SAIC. Still, if you could choose, which one would you prefer? – the tough-looking Teramont or the more sophisticated-looking Talagon?