Volkswagen Tarok pickup revealed

Volkswagen Tarok pickup revealed

Beyond this crafty convenience feature, Tarok is graded as a proper South African class full-size bakkie, with a 1000kg payload capacity.

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.

Measuring about five metres long, the Tarok features familiar pick-up cues like a double-cab body and a rear bed for storage.

As we mentioned in the earlier article, it features a relatively small tray (compared to the likes of the larger Amarok), but has an innovative "variable loading area" that can be extended thanks to a folding rear panel in the back of the cabin. As with the technical layout, the Tarok Concept has been designed from scratch down to the very last millimetre. If you like what you see here, you'll be pleased to know that Volkswagen has said it would make "barely any changes" to the Tarok's design from concept to series production.

José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept. Analogous to this variability, the maximum load is correspondingly high at around one tonne. The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using the brand new mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down.

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The interior indicates a new way forward for Volkswagen in the pick-up segment, with its primarily digital design.

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.

The double cab concept is powered by a version of VW's 1.4-litre turbopetrol engine, producing 110kW, and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel-drive. The production version of the Tarok will be available with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor cranking out 110kW of power.

The Tarok will initially go on sale in Brazil, but Volkswagen also states that it has the potential to boost its model range in other global markets.

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