VW premieres compact double cab

Tarok concept bakkie has a unique extendable load bay

08 November 2018 - 07:15 By Motoring Reporter
Volkswagen has merged the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design. Picture: SUPPLIED
Volkswagen has merged the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design. Picture: SUPPLIED

Volkswagen has unveiled a medium-sized double cab bakkie concept known as the Tarok at this week's São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil.

The all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up, says VW.

Its innovative new features include a large variable loading area that can be extended thanks to the folding rear panel in the spacious four-door double cab. The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using a mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items.

The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using a mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down. Picture: SUPPLIED
The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using a mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down. Picture: SUPPLIED

The maximum load is correspondingly high at around one ton.Volkswagen has merged the practical advantages of the Tarok Concept with a lifestyle-oriented design. Klaus Bischoff, Head Designer at the Volkswagen brand, explains: “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.”

Bischoff continues: “The Tarok’s DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment.”

The interior indicates a new way forward for Volkswagen in the pick-up segment, with its primarily digital design. Eye-catching elements include a colour-keyed crossbar that stretches across the entire dash panel. This surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a Digital Cockpit, which together form the main cockpit elements with all displays and controls on a single visual and operational axis.

A colour-keyed crossbar stretches across the entire dash panel, and surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system. Picture: SUPPLIED
A colour-keyed crossbar stretches across the entire dash panel, and surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system. Picture: SUPPLIED

The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-litre 110 kW four-cylinder TSI engine, which can be driven in Brazil as a TotalFlex Fuel Unit both with pure ethanol as well as a petrol-ethanol blend. The TSI engine in the Tarok Concept is also combined with a 6-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

Volkswagen will soon launch a production version of the Tarok Concept in Brazil, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine that also delivers 110 kW. The avant-garde pick-up has been mooted for other global markets, though it hasn't been announced whether the Tarok will make it to SA.

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