No half-tonner, Tarok more an active SUV

Volkswagen’s upcoming made in Brazil Tarok pick-up truck is more of a leisure SUV crossover than an entry bakkie, so perish the thought of this being an NP200 rival after all. The all-wheel drive, mid-size utility is expected on the Brazilian market soon, with other markets to follow, although VWSA refuses to confirm or deny its African destiny. 

Five metres long, Tarok will sit below the Amarok in Volkswagen’s bakkie range and the monocoque (rater than cab-on-chassis a-la Amarok) double-cab brings a cool load-carrying trick via a collapsible bulkhead panel that allows long cargo to extend through a fold-down door into the back of the cab. Add a roof bar, rear-mounted LED lighting strip and contrasting trim details make the Tarok more leisure-friendly than the larger, more bakkie-practical Amarok.

Tarok's five-seater cabin is similarly leisure-oriented for private use, featuring Volkswagen’s infotainment system, digital air conditioning and colour-coded trim panels. Based on Volkswagen's MQB platform, Concept Tarok is powered by Volkswagen’s 110kW 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox, but first production Taroks will be powered by a 2-litre TDI diesel engine with a similar power output.