Volkswagen Tarok, the prototype of a compact van, will be presented this week at the Sao Paulo Auto Show in Brazil. It represents the future model of a series of four-wheel drive units for production.
This new four-door, which is primarily aimed at the family, will become the rival of Fiat Toro (a van sold in Mexico under the name of Ram 700). This Fiat is the best-selling van in Brazil, and at the end of October it was ranked 13th in the list of sales, all types of vehicles combined.
The model of the series that will come from Tarok will have "very little change", provided by the manufacturer. In the Brazilian region, this future van will occupy an intermediate position between the large Amarok and the small Saveiro.
The Tarok was built on the platform MQB Volkswagen. 5.0 m long, slightly shorter than Honda Ridgeline or Volkswagen Amarok, both 5.3 meters long. This does not prevent you from offering a load of near one ton.
In addition, its box has an adjustable loading surface of up to 2.8 meters to 2.5 meters for Amarok (2.1 meters for Ridgeline). In order to have such a long surface, grapple plate under the armory in the cockpit grab and open the tailgate. The operation is carried out at the moment when the last seat is sacrificed.
This is a kind of modernization of the Midgate concept, a heavy panel that was pulled from the back of the Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade cabs. EXT extend the loading area of their packaging; the concept restored by Volkswagen, making it seem easier and easier to use.
Tarok is distinguished by the style of "Targa", recalled by a vertical section with a metal end on the back of the pavilion, as well as with an impressive light rod at PART three-dimensional, which is both tail light and a decorative element for the hatchback.
The interior of this concept car shows a new way that Volkswagen could accept in a lower van with its digital design.
Under the cover is a 4-cylinder IST 1.4 liters, producing 150 horses. It is powered by pure ethanol (E100) or with a mixture of petrol and ethanol (E22). This engine is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission that transfers the power of the engine to all four wheels 4Motion full-drive on all wheels.
The serial version, which will follow Tarok in the Brazilian market, will have a 4-cylinder TDI 2.0-liter direct injection turbodiesel that produces 150 horsepower.
Although it is primarily aimed at the Brazilian market, the manufacturer acknowledges that this truck offers "the potential to increase Volkswagen's supply of products in other markets around the world", no matter what.