Volkswagen has unveiled its Tarok pick-up concept at the São Paolo International motor show
Volkswagen has unveiled a concept of its upcoming Tarok pick-up truck in Brazil.
The four-wheel drive, mid-sized utility vehicle is expected to be released to the Brazilian market soon, with other markets to follow. It’s not currently destined for Europe, but is said to have potential as a vehicle “suitable for other regions”.
Measuring five metres in length, the Tarok will sit below the Amarok in Volkswagen’s line-up of commercial vehicles. Styling elements such as a roof bar, rear-mounted LED lighting strip and contrasting trim details make the Tarok more consumer-friendly than the larger, more utilitarian Amarok.
The Tarok’s load-carrying ability is enhanced by a collapsible bulkhead panel, allowing lengthy items to extend into the back of the cab.
The interior of the five-seater pick-up is similarly adapted for private use, featuring Volkswagen’s infotainment system, digitally-controlled air conditioning and colour-coded trim panels.
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The concept vehicle is powered by Volkswagen’s 148bhp, 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. Volkswagen claims the engine can be driven in Brazil as a TotalFlex fuel unit, using pure ethanol (E100). The first production Taroks will be powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine with roughly the same power output.
Based on Volkswagen’s long-standing MQB platform, the new pick-up is described by the car maker as combining “the features of a digitally networked SUV and the versatility of a well thought out pick-up”.