The double-cab of the Tarok is suitably modern VW auto, with digital screens and car-like spec, the back seats can be folded down to extend the pick-up's flat bed lugging capacity, the front end is funky, there's a Targa-like roof bar and LED strip across the rear. And thus we admire the classiness of Volkswagen's nod to the Skoda Felicia Fun, buried a little beneath the surface of this Tarok pickup concept.
The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using the brand new mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down, meaning drivers can also use the back seat in the cab to transport extra-long items.
The concept version of the Tarok also features a panoramic sunroof, which may or may not be part of the final package as it's delivered to dealerships. Bischoff continues: "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment". VW has already said that a production version of this concept will launch in Brazil "soon" with "barely any changes" from the concept vehicle.
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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).
The maximum load carrying capacity is claimed to be around one tonne.
One of Tarok's cleverest design features is the adaptability of its loadbin area, which can be stretched from 1.2- to 1.8m in length. The transmission is a six-speed automatic sending power to permanent 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system. The dashboard is dominated by a body-coloured strip of plastic which encompasses a "Virtual Cockpit" digital IP, touchscreen infotainment and vents for the climate control. The production model will also offer the option of a 110kW 2-litre TDI turbodiesel, with other variants and drive configurations likely joining the line-up at a later stage.