Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

VW Tarok concept previews Brazilian production pickup

VW Tarok concept previews Brazilian production pickup

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.

One important design feature in the five-seater Tarok Concept is its variable loading area concept.

Inside, the Tarok feature's Volkswagen's latest digital cockpit infotainment system, along with digital air conditioning controls.

Klaus Bischoff, head designer for VW, says the Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment. The bed itself is 1,206-mm long, but folding the rear seats down and opening hatch extends the space to 1,861 mm.

If you don't remember the Fun, you need educating: It was a marvelously bonkers bright-yellow pickup whose back seats slid out into the rear deck when you wanted to use them, but folded away when you had large loads to carry. VW has made progress in sport utility vehicles, another area where it lagged behind, but its truck lineup has been restricted to the low-volume Amarok, introduced in 2010.

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The maximum load carrying capacity is claimed to be around one tonne.

Another pick - Tanoak also built on the "cart" MQB from Atlas seven-seater SUV that Volkswagen showed in March at the NY auto show.

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).

The VW Tarok isn't destined for the United Kingdom or Europe (at the moment), but we'd have thought there would be healthy market for a cheaper, lifestyle pick-up sitting below the Amarok - complete with the tax breaks for business owners. VW is quite clear that a production version of this truck is on the way, and the road-going model has "barely any changes" from what's on display here, according to the company. A 2.0-litre TDI is also confirmed for the production model but that will come later.

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