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Volkswagen Tarok small pickup expands for longer cargo

Volkswagen Tarok small pickup ...
The Tarok is a small, car/utility-vehicle inspired concept with expandable bed
The Tarok is a small, car/utility-vehicle inspired concept with expandable bed
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Volkswagen debuts the Tarok Concept at the 2018 São Paulo International Motor Show
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Volkswagen debuts the Tarok Concept at the 2018 São Paulo International Motor Show
The Tarok is a concept for now, but Volkswagen confirms that it closely resembles a forthcoming model
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The Tarok is a concept for now, but Volkswagen confirms that it closely resembles a forthcoming model
The Tarok is a small, car/utility-vehicle inspired concept with expandable bed
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The Tarok is a small, car/utility-vehicle inspired concept with expandable bed
VW Tarok Concept sketch
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VW Tarok Concept sketch
Volkswagen looks to expand its lineup of small pickup trucks
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Volkswagen looks to expand its lineup of small pickup trucks
The Tarok Concept is powered by a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four, but the production version will be powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter turbo-diesel
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The Tarok Concept is powered by a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four, but the production version will be powered by a 148-hp 2.0-liter turbo-diesel
The Tarok includes 4Motion all-wheel drive
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The Tarok includes 4Motion all-wheel drive
Inside the VW Tarok concept pickup
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Inside the VW Tarok concept pickup
With its folding rear seats and pass-through wall, the Tarok accommodates long items that other small pickups would have trouble with
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With its folding rear seats and pass-through wall, the Tarok accommodates long items that other small pickups would have trouble with
Standard passenger configuration
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Standard passenger configuration
Folding the rear seats down and dropping the lower rear wall
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Folding the rear seats down and dropping the lower rear wall
Opening the tailgate for added length 
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Opening the tailgate for added length 
Volkswagen previews a new small pickup
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Volkswagen previews a new small pickup
The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI, six-speed automatic and 4Motion AWD
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The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI, six-speed automatic and 4Motion AWD
VW Tarok Concept sketch
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VW Tarok Concept sketch
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The start of the São Paulo International Motor Show usually means a cool concept pickup truck or two. This year's show doesn't disappoint, as Volkswagen debuts the clever, little Tarok Concept. The near-production small pickup is influenced heavily by smart, modern SUVs but still does serious work, carrying payloads up to 1 tonne (1.1 ton) in an extendable bed that grows around cargo.

Why compromise when you can have it all? That seems to be where Volkswagen is headed with the five-seat Tarok. The pickup combines the maneuverability of a small, sub-Amarok truck with extra cargo space and the payload to get work done. And it pulls in plenty of styling and digital technology from the ever-hot SUV segment for good measure.

"With its striking Targa-inspired roof bar, charismatic front end, three-dimensional LED lighting strip in the rear, and powerful yet stylish side panels, the Tarok Concept's expressive design makes it the first pick-up to combine the stylistic elements of an urban SUV with an authentic off-road design," explains VW head designer Klaus Bischoff.

The Tarok is a concept for now, but Volkswagen confirms that it closely resembles a forthcoming model
The Tarok is a concept for now, but Volkswagen confirms that it closely resembles a forthcoming model

The curve-infused, car-like styling won't necessarily resonate with folks who believe trucks should look boxy and stout, but in a place where pickup cars (like VW's own two-door Saveiro) roam freely, it's sure to find an audience.

Helping grow that audience is the Tarok's versatile bed. It seems VW has been watching what Bollinger Motors has been up to of late, creating a similar indoor/outdoor bed expansion. The lower part of the Tarok's rear cabin wall folds down to extend the flat load floor into the cabin. Fold the rear seats and drop the tailgate, and the Tarok offers plenty of pass-through storage capacity for long items.

Opening the tailgate for added length 
Opening the tailgate for added length 

VW keeps the Tarok purring down road and trail with a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder, designed to run in Brazil as a Total Flex Fuel Unit on either ethanol (E100) or blended gas/ethanol (E22). A six-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive distribute torque out to the wheels. Volkswagen says that the Tarok-based production truck will base with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel TDI with the same horsepower.

The Tarok interior features an emphasis on digital tech, with a digital cockpit, infotainment screen and digital climate controls pulled together by an exterior paint-matched crossbar that cuts across the central dash before turning the corner and wrapping around the door handles. The grey upholstery keeps things light and bright.

Inside the VW Tarok concept pickup
Inside the VW Tarok concept pickup

Volkswagen plans to bring the production Tarok to the Brazilian market soon, and says it will be very close to the concept. It teases that the model could also find its way to other global markets.

Source: Volkswagen

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6 comments
VincentWolf
Another subaru brat wannabe?
VincentWolf
Did somebody forget to tell VW that diesels are dead??
ljaques
Oh, look, it's a VW Ridgeline/Brat with a Tesla 3 glass top. How unique. Question: Why doesn't anyone make 2-door pickup trucks any more? (other than Nissan) Toyota stopped the year after I got my '07 Tundra. Almost everything I see on the street is 4-door long-arse bastids with humongous turning radii that are just no fun in parking lots. <crash>
*Joe*
The fold-down midgate to extend the bed into the cabin was done by the Chevy Avalanche a decade ago. Nothing new there.
JDC1
Always wondered why the Avalanche, this one and one other went with the opening into the back seat. With a box frame like a Chevy uses, you should be able to put a sliding rear end to allow you to expand the box a couple of feet without affecting handling. Yet it would allow a compact size like this one. Go from a 5 foot to a 7' bed, or 9' if you leave the tailgate down. This would be particularly handy on something like this, or a Ridgeline. I've got a 6' bed F-150 with the club cab. Anything bigger and parking gets fairly challenging in many lots. Yet, I can carry a full sheet of plywood (outside the cab) or load of brush. As configured, this truck would be the worst of all worlds. Yeah, you could carry lumber, but you get to let rain in, and there is the potential to have air and water leaks.
toolman65
Why is Volkswagen still flogging the diesel? Scrap the ICE and make it electric already. Market it as an inner-city runabout with more flexibility than the competition. Supply a removable hard shell cap with a fabric camper tent as an option.