VW Debuts Tarok Truck Concept At NY Auto Show

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, Automotive Editor - April 16, 2019

A lot of automakers use auto shows as a way to gauge consumer interest. There's no better way to see how popular a vehicle will be on the market than seeing how people interact with the vehicle at an auto show with no strings attached. Volkswagen, which has been planning on bringing a midsize pickup truck that would jointly be developed with Ford to the U.S. market for some time, is planning to bring a Tarok Concept to the New York Auto Show.

Despite all of the reports pointing toward a possible pickup truck coming out some time in the near future, Volkswagen remains adamant that the trunk that will be on display in New York is just a concept. The automaker also emphasizes that the Tarok pickup concept is just a concept. Instead, the machine is being displayed to “gauge market reaction.” So if you want a Volkswagen-branded pickup, show your support by giving the vehicle some love.

While midsize pickups have become popular recently, VW sees a spot for something smaller. The Tarok concept sits on the brand's MQB platform and measures in at 193.5 inches long. Compared to the Ford Ranger, that's 17.3 inches shorter in length. That might be small, but the Tarok concept can still hold items that measure in at 73.2 inches long thanks to an ingenious design that allows the pickup bed to extend into the cab. In terms of length, the Tarok is 72 inches wide and 66 inches high, which is smaller than the Ranger.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept

As far as the truck's powertrain goes, the concept features a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower. It's the same engine that's found in the Volkswagen Golf and is paired with a six-speed automatic that sends drive to all four wheels via VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. It may be small, but the Tarok concept has a 2,271-pound payload capacity. That's more than what the Ranger's capable of, which is 1,860 pounds.

The pickup has some more tricks up its sleeves, too. There's a 9.2-inch infotainment system that features VW's excellent Digital Cockpit system. The controls for the HVAC system are fully digital, as well. Consumers that enjoy taking their music on the go will be able to enjoy tunes outside of the truck thanks to a Bluetooth speaker in the center console that can be removed. The concept also has a massive glass roof panel and a striking exterior design.

So by the looks of things, the Tarok concept is aimed at a consumer that wants a flexible pickup truck that's smaller than anything else on the market. Sure, it might not have the same grunt, but it has the same capability. And isn't that the whole idea behind a truck? VW's thought process by not competing with mid- and full-size trucks is a smart one, as those segments are filled with loads of competitors.

The Tarok concept sounds like the ultimate pickup truck for the majority of consumers. And while Volkswagen is still being coy about building the pickup, we hope it will get loads of attention at this week's New York Auto Show.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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