For The Casual Hauler: Volkswagen Reveals Cool Extendable Bed Pickup Concept

  • For The Casual Hauler: Volkswagen Reveals Cool Extendable Bed Pickup Concept

For The Casual Hauler: Volkswagen Reveals Cool Extendable Bed Pickup Concept

Volkswagen unveiled the Tarok Concept at the São Paulo International Motor Show and it says that the "all-wheel drive all-rounder combines the progressive features of the latest generation of digitally networked SUVs with the versatility of a cleverly designed five-metre pick-up". VW has already said that a production version of this concept will launch in Brazil "soon" with "barely any changes" from the concept vehicle. Now, that is out of the way, we are interested in knowing which other market Tarok Concept will arrive.

After weeks of teasers, Volkswagen has finally taken veil off the Tarok pickup as concept. Working with Ford would reduce development costs for the Tarok, which at 16.4-feet long would be slightly shorter than the Ranger.

Not that it can't play the role of a workhorse occasionally, but it's more lifestyle-oriented than its larger sibling. The design of Tarok Concept suggests that bodywork with the bed form into a whole piece.

Speaking of the bed, the Tarok's defining feature is the variable loading area that communicates with the cabin.

Volkswagen say that the production Tarok will be able to carry "around a tonne" in its tray. Mated to it is a six-speed automatic gearbox and VW's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive setup. Owners can tumble the back seats and then fold the lower rear cab panel forward, while the tailgate can also form an extension on the other end.

Inside, you'll find a colour-coded crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire facia and surrounds a glass-covered infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls and digital cockpit. The engine can run on Brazil's TotalFlex fuel unit with pure ethanol as well as a gasoline-ethanol blend. The production version of the Tarok will be available with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor cranking out 110kW of power.