In what seems to be a bid to liven up the pickup wars, Volkswagen has just unveiled the Tarok Concept in the Sao Paulo International Motor Show. Combining the features of the latest generations of SUVs plus the versatilty of its already-five-meter length, the Volkswagen found a way for their hauler to do more; carry more, actually.
The folks from Germany have been looking at incorporating practical advantages into their lineup's lifestyle-oriented design as of late. Given its eye-catching design, the Tarok is not easy to miss. What sets it apart, though, is its ability to transport extra long items without having to lean them against the roof or roofbar. With its variable loading area concept, this four-door pickup is equipped with a brand new mechanism to open the bottom of the passenger cab. Lay the items flat on the cargo bed, and what you have is an unobstructed view through the backglass and which also translates to better safety.
Design and innovation doesn't stop there, though. Klaus Bischoff, Volkswagen Head Designer said, “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. The Tarok’s DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment.”. On the inside, the Tarok ushers a new path in Volkswagen's design. A color-keyed crossbar, a glass-covered infotainment system, a digital climate control were designed and placed to give a single visual and operational axis; basically, all the information and buttons and toggles you'll need are now driver-centric.
Powering the Tarok Concept is a 1.4L TSI engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Churning out 150 PS, permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive keeps the pickup well-planted. Although the Concept may initially be available only in Brazil, the series model may come out with a 2.0L turbodiesel mill with the same power spec.