VW premieres compact double cab


The double-cab of the Tarok is suitably modern VW vehicle, with digital screens and car-like spec, the back seats can be folded down to extend the pick-up's flat bed lugging capacity, the front end is funky, there's a Targa-like roof bar and LED strip across the rear.

Klaus Bischoff, head designer for VW, says the Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment.

Meanwhile, a peek inside the cabin reveals a modern dashboard with a digital instrument cluster display, glass-covered touchscreen infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls (covered here), and Cypress Metallic dashboard trim.

Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power.

So far, only know that Tarok built on the platform MQB: local journalists report that a modified truck Tiguan from Allspace.

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"Utes in this country are about capacity, both in the tray and under the bonnet, and the Tarok has neither of those things". 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.

If we are to ask Volkswagen, the Tarok pickup slots somewhere in between an urban SUV and an authentic off-roader.

With all that in place the Tarok has a loading area that's more than 1.8 metres in length and in weight terms it can also reportedly put up with a tonne. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. Future series model will have 2.0-litre turbo diesel direct injection TSI engine that offers 148hp.

Volkswagen has said it will soon be offering a production version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil, with barely any changes and that it "also has the potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets".