Volkswagen Taigo: compact coupe crossover coming

Published: 30 March 2021

► Further expansion of VW's suite of SUVs
► Based on a South American model
► Full reveal soon, on sale by end of 2021

The coupe is dead, long live the SUV coupe. At least, that's how it seems based on the number of up-and-coming examples, the latest being the Volkswagen Taigo, as teased in these official sketches.

Grey 2021 Volkswagen Nivus front three-quarter

Essentially, the Taigo is a Europeanised version of VW's Nivus, a compact crossover already sold in South America. Although the sketches suggest a small number of styling tweaks, it looks to be the same car, with production for European models relocated to Spain.

Based on the MQB A0 platform, the Taigo shares many of its styling cues with the more practically-bodied T-Cross SUV, the most obvious change being the more aggressive tapering of the roof. It remains to be seen what impact that has on headroom.

Green 2021 Volkswagen Taigo rear elevation sketch

Details, as well as images, remain sketchy for the time being, with no confirmation of the engine range save for VW's mention of 'economical TSI' powerplants; that implies no diesels or PHEVs.

Expect the Taigo to cost more than the existing T-Cross when sales begin towards the end of 2021, but it seems likely that it will be generously equipped, with cited tech including LED headlamps and VW's fully digital instrumentation pack.

Grey 2021 Volkswagen Nivus rear three-quarter

Keep this page bookmarked for more news on the Volkswagen Taigo as and when we have it.

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Green 2021 Volkswagen Taigo rear badge detail

By Keith WR Jones

Managing editor of the Bauer Automotive hub and car brochure library owner