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Volkswagen Tarok pick-up concept unveiled in Brazil

Volkswagen Tarok pick-up concept unveiled in Brazil

José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept.

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The all-wheel-drive crew cab debuted at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show as a concept, but VW says it is set to go on sale almost as-is.

The all-wheel-drive pick-up rides on the VW Group's MQB platform, measures around five metres long (for context, the Amarok is 5 254 mm in length) and has a maximum load of "around one tonne".

The Wolfsburg-based brand says the unibody concept features a "large variable loading area", which can be extended thanks to a folding rear panel. It is basically the Targa-inspired roof bar, with a foldable rear seat to extend the usable space on the truck bed.

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Instead, those rear seats fold flat, with no bulkhead between their back cushions and the load bay, stretching your carrying capacity right out when you stow them away, while keeping the cabin waterproof when you flip them back up.

Powering the Tarok concept is a 1.4 litre four-cylinder TSI engine that makes 150 PS, with drive going to all four corners via a six-speed automatic gearbox and permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

VW keeps the Tarok purring down road and trail with a 148-hp 1.4-liter TSI four-cylinder, created to run in Brazil as a Total Flex Fuel Unit on either ethanol (E100) or blended gas/ethanol (E22).

While a concept for now, VW's promising the Tarok will change little when a production version goes on sale in Brazil in the near future. A 2.0-litre TDI is also confirmed for the production model but that will come later.

Unfortunately, the trick trucklet will only be available in Brazil and other global markets where small pickups are popular and VW tells Fox News Autos that it's not destined for the USA, but something more 'Murican-size might be.