Volkswagen Tarok concept: baby double-cab bakkie revealed!

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck					Handout Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck Handout Volkswagen

Volkswagen is today unveiling the Tarok Concept to the world at the São Paulo International Motor Show (6 to 18 November) 1.

Currently, Volkswagen's only real pick-up offering is the Amarok, but the Tarok is created to offer a pick-up with more lifestyle credentials; a ideal blend of size, convenience and ability, making it nearly a family vehicle, just one with load-lugging chops too.

Underneath the Tarok Concept's bonnet sits a 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 148bhp, which can, in Brazil, be powered by either pure ethanol, or an ethanol-petrol blend.

The German auto 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.

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

Sounds a bit of a no-brainer for the UK. "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.

At the outset the Tarok will be offered to Brazilian consumers with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine (the concept now is fitted with a 1.4L 4-cylinder).

It is certain that Volkswagen will soon be offering a series version of the Tarok Concept on the market in Brazil, with barely any changes.

Payload for Volkswagen Tarok Concept is 1,000kg and has modern amenities such as digital instrument cluster and big infotainment screen. The bed is 47.48 inches long but when rear seats are folded and hatched open, the space increases to 73.27 inches long.

Global markets that could well include New Zealand as, while Volkswagen has released no further details other than mentioning its global potential, Volkswagen New Zealand told Stuff that a RHD Tarok is something they would be very interested in indeed. The engine is linked to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox.