The Robust Ute will be produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Argentina, with Australian models confirmed to arrive by late 2009.
The concept version is a dual-cab, four-seater model with a one-tonne payload capacity, though no doubt the production model will feature variations as diverse as Toyota's HiLux range.
Under the bonnet is Volkswagen's latest generation common-rail turbo-diesel (TDI) engine mated to an all-wheel drive system - although exact specifications are not yet known.
In keep with the concept theme, the 'Pickup' has been portrayed as a Search and Rescue vehicle for rapid response at the beach.
Volkswagen claims its new Robust pickup is the first of its kind from any high-volume European manufacturer and has been based on a completely unique chassis.