Volkswagen Tarok pick-up concept unveiled in Brazil

Volkswagen has unveiled the Tarok pick-up truck concept at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show, which previews a new model set to be offered in Brazil. If you like what you see here, you’ll be pleased to know that Volkswagen has said it would make “barely any changes” to the Tarok’s design from concept to series production.

Measuring about five metres long, the Tarok features familiar pick-up cues like a double-cab body and a rear bed for storage. The twist here is the rear seats of the vehicle can be folded down, allowing extra-long items to be placed in the back. Other exterior styling elements include a front end inspired by the Atlas Tanoak, sunroof, LED lighting, roof bar and sculpted sides.

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. If you haven’t guessed already, the Tarok is more of a lifestyle-oriented pick-up rather than being an out-and-out workhorse, although it’ll to the occasional heavy lifting with its one tonne maximum payload.

Powering the Tarok concept is a 1.4 litre four-cylinder TSI engine that makes 150 PS, with drive going to all four corners via a six-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system. The mill is designed with a TotalFlex Fuel Unit specifically for the Brazilian market, allowing it to run on pure ethanol (E100) or the E22 blend. When it enters production, a 2.0 litre TDI engine will be added, delivering 150 PS as well.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm when the Tarok will go on sale in Brazil, or even if other markets will get the pick-up. However, it did say that it “will soon be offering a series version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil” and “the avantgarde pick-up also has the potential to boost Volkswagen’s model range in other global markets.”

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