The Volkswagen Tarok concept has been unveiled on the first day of the Sao Paulo motor show, previewing a compact, production-ready dual-cab ute.
The Tarok concept features a dual-cab body with seating for five people, a panoramic glass roof, and LED lights visually connecting the grille and headlight units.
Inside, the Tarok has a customisable digital instrumentation screen, a high-resolution infotainment system, and colour-coded dashboard and door trim accents.
Said to be able to haul up to one tonne, the Tarok's tray can accommodate extra-long items if both the tailgate and rear bulkhead door are folded down. Doing so increases the tray length from 1206mm to 2775mm.
Said to be around five metres long, the Tarok will be positioned below the Amarok, which can stretch from just under 5.2m to a gargantuan 5.9m long.
The Amarok has body-on-frame setup, and is available in either rear- or four-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Tarok is a unitary design based on the front- and all-wheel drive MQB platform.
Under the bonnet the Tarok concept features a transversely-mounted 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 110kW of power. It drives all four wheels via six-speed automatic transmission, and in Brazil can run on either pure ethanol or the E22 petrol-ethanol blend.
Volkswagen says "it is certain" the Tarok will head into production in Brazil "with barely any changes". The production version of the Tarok will be available with a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel motor cranking out 110kW of power.
It's not known when the Tarok will head into production.
The German automaker states the Tarok "has the potential to boost Volkswagen’s model range in other global markets", but has yet to state which markets outside of Latin America will receive the Tarok.
Volkswagen Australia yesterday told CarAdvice: "As we all know, Aussies love their utes, but there is a question of capacity – both in terms of output and payload – for our market.
"Still, like all our cars – if it was available for our market in the right spec and there was customer demand for it, we’d certainly consider it."