VW Tarok Concept Breaks Cover, Previews Global Compact Pickup

Marco Green
November 7, 2018

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.

While there is no news of the Volkswagen Tarok making it our shores, we think it could be VW's contender in the steadily growing lifestyle pickup segment in India that's now dominated by the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross.

The Tarok has a flip-down wall behind the rear seats that extends the length of the bed from less than four feet to over six when the seats are folded and nine if the tailgate is also opened.

One important design feature in the five-seater Tarok Concept is its variable loading area concept. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items.

The Tarok is also a proper one-tonner, or at least close to it, with VW claiming that the maximum load is "around one tonne".

Inside, you'll find a colour-coded crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire facia and surrounds a glass-covered infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls and digital cockpit.

Power for the concept is a 1.4L 110 PS four-cylinder TSI engine supporting TotalFlex Fuel with the ability to burn pure ethanol or an E22 blend. In fact, when the production version of Tarok does go on sale, an event VW has confirmed will be the case by soon in South America, its marketing placement would certainly be as a junior Amarok. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic, and the ride has permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.

That seems to be a real possibility, as the press release says "the avant-garde pick-up also has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets".

According to the automaker, the production model will start out with the 2.0-liter turbo diesel known as TDI, as well as the 2.0 TSI.

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