Volkswagen Tarok Pickup Truck Revealed In Brazil

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Volkswagen has previewed a new, compact dual cab ute with the unveiling of the Tarok concept at the Sao Paulo motor show this week.

The German auto company says the Tarok has "the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up" with foldable rear seats and rear panel to fit larger, heavier items in the tray, with a load rating of around one-tonne.

VW describes the Tarok as a combination between a "digitally networked SUV" and a "cleverly designed five-meter (196.8in) pick-up".

Calling it a concept is a bit of a stretch, however, as the pick-up truck looks quite production-ready to us.

Volkswagen say that the production Tarok will be able to carry "around a tonne" in its tray.

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José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept.

The VW Tarok isn't destined for the United Kingdom or Europe (at the moment), but we'd have thought there would be healthy market for a cheaper, lifestyle pick-up sitting below the Amarok - complete with the tax breaks for business owners.

The aforementioned variable loading area is central to the Tarok's design.

The four-cylinder turbo is good for 150 horsepower, and being developed for the Brazilian market, the Tarok also runs on pure ethanol (E100) and gasoline-ethanol blend (E22). Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. However, the production model will get a different powerplant because a 2.0-litre turbodiesel making 148 bhp will be the only mill available at launch.

A "tailgate" in the back of the cabin and some clever folding seats mean the Tarok will be able to easily handle longer loads. 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.

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