Volkswagen South Africa has revealed local specifications for the Taigo. Slotting in between the T-Cross and T-Roc, the soon-to-arrive compact crossover is the first coupé-styled model in the German automaker’s “T” SUV line-up.

Entry-level Life variant seen here.

Locally, the Taigo will be available with the option of three trim levels. These include entry-level Life, mid-tier Style, and range-topping R-Line spec. All models employ VW’s 1.0-litre TSI engine and come equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The turbocharged three-cylinder motor produces 85 kW and 200 Nm of torque for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 11.3 seconds. VW claims an average fuel consumption figure of 5.4 L/100 km. 

The base-spec Life variant features standard items such as LED headlamps and taillamps and a chrome-look crossbar on the front grille. The Life model rides on 16-inch Belmopan alloy wheels. Adding to its SUV persona, black roof rails are included in the package. Inside, the Life features fabric upholstery, VW’s Digital Cockpit set-up, the firm’s ‘Composition Colour’ system with a 6.5-inch monitor, and a multifunction steering wheel.

Mid-spec Style model.

The mid-spec Style derivative upgrades to IQ.Light LED matrix headlamps. This model is differentiated from its Life and R-Line siblings by a chrome strip that’s sited on the rear bumper and a silver diffuser.

This variant’s roof rails are also finished in the latter hue. This model further gains a 10.25-inch digital cockpit, 8.0-inch infotainment system, ambient lighting, 17-inch Aberdeen alloy wheels, and fore and aft park distance control. 

Top-spec R-Line derivative.

The range-topping R-Line model is distinguished by sportier exterior fitment. This includes R-Line design bumpers. The rear diffuser is finished in gloss black. The exhaust panels are trimmed in chrome. Valencia alloys, measuring 17 inches, are standard. The (optional) ‘Black Style’ package adds an array of black exterior accents and 18-inch Misano alloys. 

As standard, all models ship (the Taigo is manufactured at VW’s production plant in Pamplona, Spain) with a three-year/45 000 km service plan. The asking prices will include a three-year/120 000 km warranty. Pricing will be revealed closer to the launch date.