Volkswagen Tarok pick-up concept unveiled in Brazil

VW Tarok Concept Breaks Cover, Previews Global Compact Pickup

- The Tarok Concept previews the new pick-up in Volkswagen's line-up. In fact, when the production version of Tarok does go on sale, an event VW has confirmed will be the case by soon in South America, its marketing placement would certainly be as a junior Amarok.

Volkswagen is pumping up its high-riding portfolio with no less than 19 planned by 2025. 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. Built ground up - according to VW - the Tarok is based on the same MQB platform as the new crop of Volkswagens including the T-Roc and smaller T-Cross. Its innovative new features include a large variable loading area, which can be extended thanks to the folding rear panel in the spacious four-door double cab.

Calling it a concept is a bit of a stretch, however, as the pick-up truck looks quite production-ready to us. The distinct material for the roof with roof rails and a modern SUV design makes the Tarok Concept a rather handsome looking thing. That vehicle, the Soveiro, isn't especially capable off-road and lacks heavy-duty load carrying capacity.

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Volkswagen says "it is certain" the Tarok will head into production in Brazil "with barely any changes". The suck-squeeze-bang-blow is sent to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter.

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). The future series model will start out with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel direct injection (TDI) TSI engine that also delivers 110 kW / 150 PS.

Unfortunately, the trick trucklet will only be available in Brazil and other global markets where small pickups are popular and VW tells Fox News Autos that it's not destined for the USA, but something more 'Murican-size might be.

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