Though still in concept form with no plans for a North American launch date the Volkswagen Tarok pickup-truck concept is definitely causing some buzz. Seeing that there are currently No compact pickup trucks for sale in the North American marketplace anymore, there is definitely an interest, as compact pickups were always a popular vehicle when they were available.
Given Volkswagen’s innovative capabilities, this could easily become a game-changer if it happens as there is a need for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup. The Tarok’s design and specs include an MQB-based unibody measureing 193.5 inches long. Compared to the 2019 Ford Ranger which comes in at 210.8 inches almost 18 inches longer.
The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing only 147 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system. In this configuration the Tarok is definitely not going to match a mid-sized truck for power, that current North American truck buyers wouldn’t find a use for. But that is why it is a “concept”.
Volkswagen is a showing off a new pickup-truck concept that could give America the cheap truck it has been waiting for
Volkswagen announced plans on Monday to show off its Tarok pickup-truck concept at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. The Tarok is designed to allow VW to gauge US consumer interest in an entry-level compact pickup truck.
The VW 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…
Volkswagen keeps teasing us with trucks, and it’s doing the same here at the 2019 New York Auto Show by bringing the Tarok pickup concept. This truck was first shown at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show in November last year, but VW says it’s showing the truck in New York to “gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup.”