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The Volkswagen Tarok pickup truck
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Ginger Lawrence | 07 November, 2018, 21:55

The Tarok Concept can support a payload capacity of almost a ton.

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 Tarok concept features a dual-cab body with seating for five people, a panoramic glass roof, and LED lights visually connecting the grille and headlight units. As with the technical layout, the Tarok Concept has been designed from scratch down to the very last millimetre.

Unlike the aging and conservative interior of the Amarok, the company says that the interior of the Tarok Concept "indicates a new way forward for Volkswagen in the pick-up segment, with its primarily digital design".

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José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept. The floor space can be lengthened by opening the tailgate or using a mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down (you essentially temporarily sacrifice the rear seats).

With all that in place the Tarok has a loading area that's more than 1.8 metres in length and in weight terms it can also reportedly put up with a tonne.

Like the now-scarce half-tonne bakkies that South Africans have come to know and love over the years, the Tarok is a unibody pick-up, but it will be a larger and more expensive offering. Eye-catching elements include a colour-keyed crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire dash panel.

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. Described as an "avant-garde pickup" with the "potential to boost Volkswagen's model range in other global markets", the concept is equipped with 4Motion all-wheel drive and the 1.4-liter TSI. The production model will also offer the option of a 110kW 2-litre TDI turbodiesel, with other variants and drive configurations likely joining the line-up at a later stage.