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Auto ShowsVW Tarok teases us with another pickup truck concept in New York

19:11  19 april  2019
19:11  19 april  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Volkswagen keeps hinting that it might, one day, bring a pickup truck to the US. Last year we saw the Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept, and now there's a second VW pickup truck concept that suggests such a model is getting more likely.

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The US truck market is dominated by pickups that boast impressive towing and payload capabilities, areas where a unibody truck would absolutely suffer by comparison. Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept is a pickup truck tease . • VW Tarok pickup concept brings a versatile bed to New York .

Volkswagen won’t stop teasing the possibility of a pickup truck for the United States market . The German automaker will bring its Tarok pickup The Tarok was unveiled at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil in late 2018, but VW said it’s showing the truck in New York to “gauge market reaction for a

Volkswagen introduced the Tarok pickup truck concept at the 2019 New York Auto Show this week. The Tarok concept isn't new, having made its initial debut at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show last November, but it's new to the US, and it's here for a very specific purpose. As VW stated in its release, the truck will allow VW "to gauge market reaction for a truly versatile and compact entry-level pickup."

The Tarok isn't a terribly large pickup truck, measuring just 193.5 inches long. For context's sake, the shortest Toyota Tacoma you can buy is nearly 20 inches longer at 212.3 inches. It rides on Volkswagen MQB platform, which also underpins small cars like the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan . The Tarok is one of the largest vehicles to rock this platform, showing just how versatile it could be.

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Volkswagen has presented a new pickup truck concept — one that will result in a production version, but will not be made available on the U . S . market. The Tarok Concept shows a compact truck , which will be followed by a Brazil-market production version "with barely any changes," Volkswagen says.

The Volkswagen Tarok is the second concept pickup shown in as many years at the New York auto show. New York – To atone for its Dieselgate sins, Volkswagen has been touting its electric future, from its Volkswagen 's concept pickup truck the Tarok was unveiled at the New York Auto Show.

Those concerned about fitting things in a short bed need not worry, as the Tarok has a trick up its sleeve. Instead of treating the bed and cab as separate entities, the Tarok has a panel that can open up and extend the bed into the cab, allowing the truck to fit items that are up to 73.2 inches long. Open the tailgate and you get another 25.8 inches, but then you also lose the backstop that the tailgate normally provides. On the whole, it can handle 2,271 pounds of payload. The rear panel locks electronically from the inside, so people shouldn't be sneaking into your truck.

Since it's a small truck, it doesn't need a big engine. The concept sports the same 1.4-liter turbocharged I4 found in the Jetta, putting out the same 147 horsepower as the family sedan. Its all-wheel drive system features driving modes for snow and off-roading. Speaking of off-roading, it's decently capable, with 9.6 inches of ground clearance, a 23.8-degree approach angle and a 26.4-degree departure angle, which is better than a standard Chevy Colorado . Hell, its departure angle is actually better than any midsize truck currently on sale in the US, according to our midsize-truck comparison list.

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Volkswagen says that the Tarok -based production truck will base with a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel TDI with the same horsepower. Volkswagen plans to bring the production Tarok to the Brazilian market soon, and says it will be very close to the concept . It teases that the model could also find its way to other

Volkswagen almost never makes a concept car that it doesn't want to put into production. But that doesn't mean the Tarok pickup is going to be sold in America just because it's being shown today the 2019 New York Auto Show. 21 photos.

VW Tarok teases us with another pickup truck concept in New York© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Volkswagen Tarok concept

While the VW Atlas Tanoak pickup concept definitely looked like a concept, the Tarok looks much closer to production. Some elements are carried over from the Tanoak, like the focus on horizontal lighting in the front, but everything else looks a bit more rooted in real-world sensibility. As for the interior, it's pretty darn close to most modern VWs, with a large infotainment screen and a second screen in the gauge cluster. Nearly all of the remaining switchgear could have been borrowed from my personal 2016 Golf SportWagen.

VW Tarok teases us with another pickup truck concept in New York© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Volkswagen Tarok concept

But while the truck looks ready to roll, that doesn't mean it's a shoo-in for US sales. VW said in the Tarok's press release that nothing is set in stone, but when we talked to VW of America boss Scott Keogh at the Geneva Motor Show, Keogh told Roadshow that VW will want to do it right. While it could produce something based on its tie-up with Ford , Keogh is keen not to have a repeat of the Routan, which was a Dodge Grand Caravan with a VW badge that didn't do anything to boost its reputation. With a properly small, yet still versatile unibody pickup, VW might have found the white space it's looking for. The only question that remains is whether or not the market will welcome it with open arms (and wallets).

VW Tarok pickup concept is in New York to gauge your reaction

This was originally published on Roadshow.

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Could VW build and sell a truck for around $25,000? Volkswagen of America CEO Scott Keogh did little to temper rumors about a compact pickup truck from the German brand, following the Tarok concept's arrival at the 2019 New York Auto Show. Calling the Tarok “a trial balloon,” Keogh laid out a number of reasons the company could jump into the truck game while speaking to Motor1.com at a media roundtable on Wednesday.

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