Will the VW Tarok idea pickup be bought within the US?
Extra particularly, it is a trial balloon for the automaker to gauge urge for food and curiosity in a VW-branded pickup within the U.S. The Tarok is already scheduled to be constructed and bought in South America, though prevailing winds could carry it to the States.
It is neither the primary time VW has toyed with the concept of promoting a pickup within the States—VW produced and bought the Rabbit pickup till 1984—neither is it the primary time they’ve proven a pickup on the New York auto present.
Final yr, the VW Atlas-based Tanoak idea truck debuted on the auto present as an analogous trial balloon, though VW execs behind the scenes have been bearish on the truck’s future. Just like the Tanoak, this yr’s Tarok idea largely is predicated on the VW Atlas SUV, which is already constructed within the U.S. and clears a big hurdle on the street towards full manufacturing of a VW truck.
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The Tarok rides atop a wheelbase that stretches 117.7 inches from hub to hub, 0.4-inch longer than the Atlas, and it is roughly the identical width because the SUV. The Tarok has seats for as much as 5 adults, however not like some other pickup bought within the U.S., the rear seats fold ahead to increase the mattress through a pass-through within the cab. With the rear seats folded ahead, the Tarok’s mattress measures longer than 6 ft—with the seats up it is shorter than 5 ft, a lot shorter than some other pickup bought within the U.S.
VW Tarok Idea
VW says the Tarok will carry greater than 2,200 kilos within the mattress, however did not specify towing capability. That is doubtless as a result of the Tarok, which might be constructed and bought in South America someday this yr, is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo-Four that is unlikely for the U.S., if VW affords it right here in any respect. As a substitute, an Atlas-based pickup could be powered by both a 2.0-liter turbo-Four or 3.6-liter V-6 already discovered within the huge VW SUV, the latter of which might tow as much as 5,000 kilos when geared up.
That’s to say, if Tarok consumers wish to tow in any respect. VW’s pitch for the Tarok largely focuses on the pickups off-roadability. The Tarok affords 9.6 inches of floor clearance and method, breakover, and departure angles that far surpass the Honda Ridgeline and base Chevy Colorado pickups. The Tarok is supplied with all-wheel drive and contains off-road and snow traction modes.
Inside, the Tarok incorporates a 9.2-inch touchscreen paired to VW’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
VW says shopper curiosity will dictate the Tarok’s future within the U.S. and execs on the automaker have expressed an curiosity in bringing to market a VW pickup earlier than. This yr, VW introduced a unfastened alliance with Ford to provide mid-size pickups overseas, and higher-ups at VW have mentioned they might think about providing an inexpensive pickup within the U.S.
The Tarok, or one thing prefer it, may match that invoice.
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