Volkswagen has unveiled its new 'Robust' Ute as a pre-production concept known simply as 'Pickup' which is due to be officially unveiled at the International Automobile Exhibition in Hanover.

VW concept previews Aus-bound Robust

The Robust Ute will be produced at Volkswagen’s plant in Argentina, with Australian models confirmed to arrive by late 2009.

VW concept previews Aus-bound Robust

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.

 VW concept previews Aus-bound Robust

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.

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