Volkswagen launches small pickup but makes no promises for North American market

Daniel Fowler
November 9, 2018

Described as an "avant-garde pickup" with the "potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets", the concept is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive and the 1.4-liter TSI.

The German auto company says the Tarok has "the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up" with foldable rear seats and rear panel to fit larger, heavier items in the tray, with a load rating of around one-tonne. 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.

The most notable thing about the Tarok Concept truck is its unique bed configuration.

Meanwhile, a peek inside the cabin reveals a modern dashboard with a digital instrument cluster display, glass-covered touchscreen infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls (covered here), and Cypress Metallic dashboard trim.

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VW notes that the Tarok concept is a "lifestyle-oriented design" rather than being positioned as a workhorse of a truck.

It drives all four wheels via six-speed automatic transmission, and in Brazil can run on either pure ethanol or the E22 petrol-ethanol blend.

The Tarok Concept uses a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 148 bhp.

The aforementioned variable loading area is central to the Tarok's design. The Tarok pickup, however, is longer than the T-Cross SUV, which means the former sits on a slightly larger version of the MQB A0 architecture than the one on which the latter is based. The bed itself is 1,206-mm long, but folding the rear seats down and opening hatch extends the space to 1,861 mm. Volkswagen claims that the Tarok can carry a maximum load of a tonne. However, the production model will get a different powerplant because a 2.0-litre turbodiesel making 148 bhp will be the only mill available at launch.

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