Volkswagen has revealed this funky-looking five-metre-long pickup at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show – and although it’s called Volkswagen Tarok Concept, it won’t be long before the ‘concept’ part is dropped.
The star of Brazil’s international motor show, the series version of the Tarok Concept “will soon be launched on the Brazilian market,” says Volkswagen – “with barely any changes”. (Expect perhaps a little less LED glitz at the front end.)
Don’t rule it out for other markets either, possibly even including the UK. “The avant-garde pickup also has the potential to boost Volkswagen’s model range in other global markets,” says the firm. This is a truly international vehicle.
But don’t we already have the Amarok here? Yes, we do – and it’s because that vehicle’s a heavier, more complex and pricier pickup that Volkswagen has launched the Tarok: to slot into the ‘lifestyle’ gap below it. Meaning we could maybe take the Tarok too, if bosses felt there was a market there.
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Powered by a 150hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine, the Tarok has a six-speed automatic gearbox and 4Motion all-wheel drive. There’s a version in Brazil that runs on pure Ethanol (E100) and a petrol-ethanol (E22) blend.
There are four passenger doors and a clever extending load area – fold the tailgate down or drop down the bottom of the rear passenger cab to open up more space (should you not want to carry five people, that is).
As with Volkswagen’s recent cars, the interior has been digitised, with a glass infotainment screen, digital climate control and digital instruments.
The exterior’s nicely lifestyle, says designer Klaus Bischoff. “With its striking Targa-inspired roof bar, charismatic front end, three-dimensional LED lighting strip in the rear, and powerful yet stylish side panels, the Tarok Concept’s expressive design makes it the first pick-up to combine the stylistic elements of an urban SUV with an authentic off-road design.
“The Tarok’s DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment.”
Like the sound of an urban pickup-shaped Volkswagen SUV? Start lobbying your dealer now – just be sure they don’t get mixed up between Tarok and T-Roc…