VW unveils Tarok lifestyle ute
Volkswagen has unveiled a baby brother to its Amarok ute.
The Volkswagen Tarok has been revealed at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil this week, designed as more of a lifestyle accessory rather than a conventional work horse.
The German car 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.
Klaus Bischoff, head designer for VW, says the Tarok’s DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment.
“With its striking Targa-inspired roof bar, charismatic front end, three-dimensional LED lighting strip in the rear, and powerful yet stylish side panels, the Tarok Concept’s expressive design makes it the first pick-up to combine the stylistic elements of an urban SUV with an authentic off-road design,” he says.
The interior will be heavily digitalised with a glass-covered infotainment system, digital air conditioning controls and a digital cockpit along with a colour-keyed crossbar covering the length of the dash panel similar to the Polo GTI.
VW has confirmed the Tarok will be sold in Brazil with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine, but has not given a timeframe for when it will go on sale.
However, Australia will most likely miss out on the ute with a spokesperson from Volkswagen Australia saying the Tarok isn't suitable for Aussie customers.
"Utes in this country are about capacity, both in the tray and under the bonnet, and the Tarok has neither of those things."
Ali is a Motoring Reporter at Drive.com.au. She completed her Journalism degree in 2018 and has a background in the automotive industry. Ali also has a passion for racing that started in go-karts from an young age, progressing into car racing in 2016…