Volkswagen Tarok pick-up concept unveiled in Brazil

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck

Beyond this crafty convenience feature, Tarok is graded as a proper South African class full-size bakkie, with a 1000kg payload capacity.

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.

Volkswagen has succeeded in merging the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design. The floor space can be lengthened by opening the tailgate or using a mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down (you essentially temporarily sacrifice the rear seats). "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

With all that in place the Tarok has a loading area that's more than 1.8 metres in length and in weight terms it can also reportedly put up with a tonne. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items. This crossbar surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a Digital Cockpit, which together form the main cockpit elements with all displays and controls on a single visual and operational axis.

Volkswagen says "it is certain" the Tarok will head into production in Brazil "with barely any changes".

Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power.

Global markets that could well include New Zealand as, while Volkswagen has released no further details other than mentioning its global potential, Volkswagen New Zealand told Stuff that a RHD Tarok is something they would be very interested in indeed.

Don't expect low-range gearing or a lockable rear-axle on the production version, but do expect additional engines, with VW's engineers confirming that Tarok will also offer a 2-litre turbodiesel, boosting 110kW.

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