Volkswagen Tarok Concept Unveiled, Extendable Deck Length To Over 1.8 Metres

Jeannie Matthews
November 9, 2018

However, Australia will most likely miss out on the ute with a spokesperson from Volkswagen Australia saying the Tarok isn't suitable for Aussie customers. In fact, when the production version of Tarok does go on sale, an event VW has confirmed will be the case by soon in South America, its marketing placement would certainly be as a junior Amarok.

Calling it a concept is a bit of a stretch, however, as the pick-up truck looks quite production-ready to us. Its innovative new features include a large variable loading area, which can be extended thanks to the folding rear panel in the spacious four-door double cab. Owners can tumble the back seats and then fold the lower rear cab panel forward, while the tailgate can also form an extension on the other end.

Currently, Volkswagen's only real pick-up offering is the Amarok, but the Tarok is created to offer a pick-up with more lifestyle credentials; a flawless blend of size, convenience and ability, making it nearly a family auto, just one with load-lugging chops too.

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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).

That seems to be a real possibility, as the press release says "the avant-garde pick-up also has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets". It means that users can accommodate longer items using the space provided. 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. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic, and the ride has permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive. When it enters production, a 2.0 litre TDI engine will be added, delivering 150 PS as well.

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