Trendsetting Tarok: VW reveals compact bakkie concept

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 8, 2018

- The Tarok Concept previews the new pick-up in Volkswagen's line-up.

One of which will be spawned from the all-new Volkswagen Tarok Concept showcased at the 2018 Sao Paulo Motor Show. Essentially, the bed can be extended thanks to the folding rear panel that connects it with the five-seat double cab.

The striking feature of the Tarok Concept is its variable loading area concept. As with the technical layout, the Tarok Concept has been designed from scratch down to the very last millimetre.

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.

Said to be able to haul up to one tonne, the Tarok's tray can accommodate extra-long items if both the tailgate and rear bulkhead door are folded down. That vehicle, the Soveiro, isn't especially capable off-road and lacks heavy-duty load carrying capacity. This crossbar surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a Digital Cockpit, which together form the main cockpit elements with all displays and controls on a single visual and operational axis.

Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power.

VW says "it is certain" that a production version of the Tarok concept will soon be offered in Brazil "with barely any changes". Described as an "avant-garde pickup" with the "potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets", the concept is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive and the 1.4-liter TSI. The suck-squeeze-bang-blow is sent to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter. A 2.0-litre TDI is also confirmed for the production model but that will come later.

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