VW reveals compact bakkie concept — Trendsetting Tarok

VW Tarok Concept Breaks Cover, Previews Global Compact Pickup

Volkswagen has succeeded in merging the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design.

The Volkswagen Tarok concept has been unveiled on the first day of the Sao Paolo motor show, previewing a compact, production-ready dual-cab ute. Built ground up - according to VW - the Tarok is based on the same MQB platform as the new crop of Volkswagens including the T-Roc and smaller T-Cross.

The Wolfsburg-based brand says the unibody concept features a "large variable loading area", which can be extended thanks to a folding rear panel. The fascia carries typical Volkswagen concept elements akin to the one seen on the Amarok Concept. The distinct material for the roof with roof rails and a modern SUV design makes the Tarok Concept a rather handsome looking thing. Analogous to this variability, the maximum load is correspondingly high at around one tonne.

Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic, and the ride has permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.

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Volkswagen has said it will soon be offering a production version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil, with barely any changes and that it "also has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets". The mill is designed with a TotalFlex Fuel Unit specifically for the Brazilian market, allowing it to run on pure ethanol (E100) or the E22 blend.

According to the automaker, the production model will start out with the 2.0-liter turbo diesel known as TDI, as well as the 2.0 TSI.

Unfortunately, the trick trucklet will only be available in Brazil and other global markets where small pickups are popular and VW tells Fox News Autos that it's not destined for the US, but something more 'Murican-size might be.

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