Publicado: Vie, Noviembre 09, 2018
Financiera | Por Marilu Caballero

Volkswagen made a five-meter pickup on the basis of "Tiguan"

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The Volkswagen Tarok Concept - revealed in Brazil - is a preview of a production pick-up with flexible load bed and lifestyle credentials.

However, Australia will most likely miss out on the ute with a spokesperson from Volkswagen Australia saying the Tarok isn't suitable for Aussie customers. 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). Now, that is out of the way, we are interested in knowing which other market Tarok Concept will arrive.

Volkswagen makes clear that Brazil will serve as a test market for the Tarok, and that the response the truck gets there will determine if it spreads to other markets. "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

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Speaking of the bed, the Tarok's defining feature is the variable loading area that communicates with the cabin. A six-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive distribute torque out to the wheels.

At the outset the Tarok will be offered to Brazilian consumers with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine (the concept now is fitted with a 1.4L 4-cylinder). Volkswagen claims that the Tarok can carry a maximum load of a tonne. However, the production variant will rely on a 2-liter TDI diesel engine making 110 kW (150 PS).

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 Tarok pickup, however, is longer than the T-Cross SUV, which means the former sits on a slightly larger version of the MQB A0 architecture than the one on which the latter is based.

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