VW reveals compact bakkie concept — Trendsetting Tarok

Volkswagen has taken the wraps off its new Tarok pickup truck concept at the ongoing Sao Paulo motor show 2018.

With Tarok, VW's addressed all those issues and presented a very convincing alternative to the Amarok.

Volkswagen has succeeded in merging the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design. "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

For the rest, the interior gets a streamlined design, though it does feature a large display screen in lieu of the more traditional central console commands. Owners can tumble the back seats and then fold the lower rear cab panel forward, while the tailgate can also form an extension on the other end. Volkswagen claims that the Tarok can carry a maximum load of a tonne.

Another pick - Tanoak also built on the "cart" MQB from Atlas seven-seater SUV that Volkswagen showed in March at the NY auto show. Eye-catching elements include a colour-keyed crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire dash panel.

Inside, the Tarok feature's Volkswagen's latest digital cockpit infotainment system, along with digital air conditioning controls.

Underneath the Tarok Concept's bonnet sits a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 148bhp, which can, in Brazil, be powered by either pure ethanol, or an ethanol-petrol blend. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. 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 avant-garde pick-up also has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets. The production model will be offered with two-liter diesel, also an outstanding 150 forces.

Vanessa Coleman

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