VW reveals compact bakkie concept — Trendsetting Tarok

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 8, 2018

The concept Tarok employs a fusion of many different VW design elements, borrowed from other concept cars and the brand's current SUV product portfolio.

One of which will be spawned from the all-new Volkswagen Tarok Concept showcased at the 2018 Sao Paulo Motor Show. The all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up. The Tarok Concept can support a payload capacity of almost a ton.

While there is no news of the Volkswagen Tarok making it our shores, we think it could be VW's contender in the steadily growing lifestyle pickup segment in India that's now dominated by the Isuzu D-Max V-Cross. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items.

The interior indicates a new way forward for Volkswagen in the pick-up segment, with its primarily digital design.

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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.

Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power. VW has already said that a production version of this concept will launch in Brazil "soon" with "barely any changes" from the concept vehicle. It teases that the model could also find its way to other global markets. The suck-squeeze-bang-blow is sent to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter.

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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