Volkswagen Tarok pickup revealed

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck
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The all-wheel-drive crew cab debuted at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show as a concept, but VW says it is set to go on sale almost as-is. 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.

The German vehicle company says the Tarok has "the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up" with foldable rear seats and rear panel to fit larger, heavier items in the tray, with a load rating of around one-tonne. VW confirms it by saying it "will soon be offering a series version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil, with barely any changes".

The Tarok will be built on VW's modular MQB platform.

VW has revealed an exciting new double-cab bakkie concept, which has been confirmed for production.

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).

Inside, the Tarok has a customisable digital instrumentation screen, a high-resolution infotainment system, and colour-coded dashboard and door trim accents.

Volkswagen has unveiled a new small pickup with a transformable bed that can turn the little truck into a long-item hauler.

A panel at the rear of the cab, shifts open, to allow this elongation of the load area. Volkswagen claims that the Tarok can carry a maximum load of a tonne. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup.

If we are to ask Volkswagen, the Tarok pickup slots somewhere in between an urban SUV and an authentic off-roader. However, the production model will get a different powerplant because a 2.0-litre turbodiesel making 148 bhp will be the only mill available at launch.

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