Volkswagen Tarok Concept makes debut in São Paulo

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck					Handout Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck Handout Volkswagen

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its new Tarok concept at the São Paulo International Motor Show, with the show vehicle previewing a fresh-faced baby double-cab bakkie set to be positioned just below the Amarok. 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.

Speaking of the bed, the Tarok's defining feature is the variable loading area that communicates with the cabin. Analogous to this variability, the maximum load is correspondingly high at around one tonne. "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment".

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.

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

VW keeps the Tarok purring down road and trail with a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder, created to run in Brazil as a Total Flex Fuel Unit on either ethanol (E100) or blended gas/ethanol (E22).

Payload for Volkswagen Tarok Concept is 1,000kg and has modern amenities such as digital instrument cluster and big infotainment screen.

Volkswagen has yet to announce if the Tarok will arrive in European markets.

The company says the production version of the Tarok will soon launch into the Brazilian market with "barely any changes" and "has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets". Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. However, the production variant will rely on a 2-liter TDI diesel engine making 110 kW (150 PS).

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