Volkswagen Tarok Concept unveiled at São Paulo International Motor Show

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck					Handout Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck Handout Volkswagen

VW keeps the Tarok purring down road and trail with a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder, created to run in Brazil as a Total Flex Fuel Unit on either ethanol (E100) or blended gas/ethanol (E22).

The production-spec Tarok will come with a 1.4-litre TSI petrol motor and Volkswagen says the concept is actually a thinly veiled version of former, which will hit the local markets soon. Now, that is out of the way, we are interested in knowing which other market Tarok Concept will arrive. 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. There is a strong probability for it as the press release stated that avant-garde pick-up has the potential to boost Volkswagen range in other global markets.

Klaus Bischoff, head designer for VW, says the Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment. If you haven't guessed already, the Tarok is more of a lifestyle-oriented pick-up rather than being an out-and-out workhorse, although it'll to the occasional heavy lifting with its one tonne maximum payload. Volkswagen confirmed at the event that they will offer series version of the concept in Brazil with little or no changes. The suck-squeeze-bang-blow is sent to all four wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter. Production models, though, will start out with a 2,0-litre turbodiesel unit also worth 110 kW.

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Meanwhile, a peek inside the cabin reveals a modern dashboard with a digital instrument cluster display, glass-covered touchscreen infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls (covered here), and Cypress Metallic dashboard trim.

One of a special five-meter pickup will be folding the lower part of the rear wall of the cockpit: with its help it is possible to increase the useful field of loading for transportation of long goods.

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