Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

World Premiere of Volkswagen Tarok Pick-Up Concept in Brazil

World Premiere of Volkswagen Tarok Pick-Up Concept in Brazil

After weeks of teasers, Volkswagen has finally taken veil off the Tarok pickup as concept. 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".

If we are to ask Volkswagen, the Tarok pickup slots somewhere in between an urban SUV and an authentic off-roader.

The Tarok is based on the MQB platform, so is pretty much a Tiguan ute. 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.

Currently, Volkswagen's only real pick-up offering is the Amarok, but the Tarok is created to offer a pick-up with more lifestyle credentials; a ideal blend of size, convenience and ability, making it nearly a family vehicle, just one with load-lugging chops too.

If you don't remember the Fun, you need educating: It was a marvelously bonkers bright-yellow pickup whose back seats slid out into the rear deck when you wanted to use them, but folded away when you had large loads to carry.

Powering the concept is a 1.4-litre four-cylinder TSI engine producing 150bhp.

The five seater has a Targa-inspired roof bar, three-dimensional LED lighting strip in the rear, while inside there's a a colour-keyed crossbar stretching across the entire dash panel surrounding a glass-covered infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a Digital Cockpit driver display. The engine can run on Brazil's TotalFlex fuel unit with pure ethanol as well as a gasoline-ethanol blend. A six-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive distribute torque out to the wheels. A 2.0-litre TDI is also confirmed for the production model but that will come later.

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