Volkswagen Tarok Concept bakkie foreshadows the next Amarok. VW just unveiled the Tarok earlier this week at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show.

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An all-wheel-drive lifestyler

The Tarok is being billed as a lifestyle pick-up. It has five-seats and a variable loading area concept. By opening the tailgate or using the brand new mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down the rear load space can be extended to carry large objects such as surfboards. Maximum load is quoted at around one ton.

The Volkswagen Tarok Concept features a direct injection turbocharged 1,4-litre engine. It produces 110 kW and can run on pure ethanol (E100) as well as a gasoline-ethanol blend (E22). Drive is delivered to all wheels via a permanent all-wheel-drive system via a six-speed automatic transmission. A turbodiesel powertrain is also on the cards for a production model.

The interior features a colour-coded crossbar that stretches across the entire facia. This crossbar surrounds a glass-covered infotainment system. All major controls, such as the HVAC, are digital and the main cockpit elements displays are on a single visual axis.

Click here to see a video of the recent unveiling.

A production certainty

At its recent debut, it was confirmed that the Volkswagen Tarok will soon be offered as a series model in Brazil. There is potential for the model to be rolled out to the rest of the world in time.

In his own words

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.”