Everything you need to know about the VW Tarok

The all-new Volkswagen Tarok Concept was recently unveiled at the São Paulo International Motor Show, and unlike many other concepts, this one is close to production ready.

Unlike most bakkies, the Tarok is not based on a ladder-frame chassis. It’s actually built on the same platform as the Tiguan. Even so, it can still haul a tonne on the back.

The interior indicates a new way forward for Volkswagen in the pick-up segment, with its primarily digital design. Eye-catching elements include a colour-keyed crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire dash panel. This crossbar surrounds a glass-covered Infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a Digital Cockpit, which together form the main cockpit elements with all displays and controls on a single visual and operational axis.

This particular concept is powered by a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, which develops 110kW. In Brazil it can run on both pure ethanol and a gasoline ethanol blend.

It’s also equipped with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic gearbox.

Volkswagen also stated that it will soon be offering a production version of the Tarok Concept with barely any changes. The future series model will start out with a 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 110kW on tap.

It’s not yet clear whether the Tarok will be offered in South Arica.