VW reveals compact bakkie concept — Trendsetting Tarok

VW Tarok Concept Breaks Cover, Previews Global Compact Pickup

Volkswagen Tarok pickup revealed

The Volkswagen Tarok concept has been unveiled on the first day of the Sao Paolo motor show, previewing a compact, production-ready dual-cab ute. The all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up.

It is certain that Volkswagen will soon be offering a series version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil, with barely any changes.

So far, only know that Tarok built on the platform MQB: local journalists report that a modified truck Tiguan from Allspace.

The four-cylinder turbo is good for 150 horsepower, and being developed for the Brazilian market, the Tarok also runs on pure ethanol (E100) and gasoline-ethanol blend (E22).

José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept. The bed is 47.48 inches long but when rear seats are folded and hatched open, the space increases to 73.27 inches long.

Inside, the Tarok has a customisable digital instrumentation screen, a high-resolution infotainment system, and colour-coded dashboard and door trim accents. While that's a certainty, we're more interested whether the Tarok will arrive in other markets as well. If you haven't guessed already, the Tarok is more of a lifestyle-oriented pick-up rather than being an out-and-out workhorse, although it'll to the occasional heavy lifting with its one tonne maximum payload.

One of Tarok's cleverest design features is the adaptability of its loadbin area, which can be stretched from 1.2- to 1.8m in length. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. Production models, though, will start out with a 2,0-litre turbodiesel unit also worth 110 kW. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items.

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