When it comes to crossovers, Volkswagen has one of the widest selections available in the world from the T-Cross up to the Atlas. With all the models available to choose from, you'd think it's already a diverse selection but the German automaker doesn't seem to think so.
Volkswagen launched another crossover: the Taigo.
The 2022 Taigo is another small crossover that will slot between the T-Cross and the T-Roc. Interestingly, it will ride on the same MQB A0 platform as the Polo and T-Cross. As for size, the Taigo will be longer and wider than the T-Cross but lower in height. The lower height is mainly attributed to the crossover's design, which features a more coupe-like roofline.
The Taigo adopts Volkswagen's latest style direction with a large grille flanked by a pair of sleek LED headlights. The black contrast trim on the bumper gives the crossover a more aggressive look. At the rear, there's a full-width LED taillight enclosed by black trim, which reminds us of the T-Cross. The sportier R-Line variant in the photo even comes with faux quad exhaust tips.
Inside, there's a minimalist cabin. No colorful interior here like the T-Cross. In front of the driver sits a digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, a large touchscreen infotainment system sits front and center. What's particularly interesting is the pattern on the seats. It reminds us of the plaid seats found in the Golf GTI.
The Taigo will be exclusively a front-wheel drive model. Under the hood, the customers can choose between a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and a bigger and more powerful four-cylinder 1.5-liter unit. The three-cylinder mill outputs either 95 or 110 horsepower, while the four-cylinder engine is good for 150 horsepower. Transmission choices include two manual gearboxes: a 5-speed or a 6-speed. There is also an option for a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Since the Taigo is mainly marketed in Europe, the chances of it arriving in the country are slim to none. Besides, Volkswagen Philippines offers the similarly sized T-Cross already. The exception would be is if the Taigo debuts in China and built by SAIC-VW. But hey, the more crossovers to choose from, the better, right?