Volkswagen received’t cease teasing the potential of a pickup truck for the US market . The German automaker will convey its Tarok pickup truck idea to the 2019 New York Auto Present this weekend. The Tarok was unveiled on the Sao Paulo Auto Present in Brazil in late 2018, however VW stated it’s exhibiting the truck in New York to “gauge market response for a very versatile and compact entry-level pickup.”
That is the second 12 months in a row that Volkswagen will convey a pickup truck idea to the New York Auto Present. In 2018, it unveiled the Atlas-based Tanoak idea within the Huge Apple. On the time, Volkswagen executives stated no choice had been made on a manufacturing pickup for the U.S., and it doesn’t look like the automaker is any nearer to creating a choice. A manufacturing model of the Tarok is predicted to launch quickly in South America, however Volkswagen stated there are “no plans” for a U.S.-market model. The idea might be proven in New York simply to see how folks react to the concept of a VW pickup truck.
It’s unclear if the Tarok would work within the U.S., anyway. It’s primarily based on the identical MQB platform because the Atlas-based Tanoak idea, however is smaller than that truck. Whereas the Tanoak was shut in measurement to midsize vehicles just like the Ford Ranger and Jeep Gladiator, the Tarok is a compact truck of the type that hasn’t been offered within the U.S. in years.
At 47.5 inches, the mattress is shorter than that of any pickup truck at the moment offered within the U.S. Nonetheless, opening a pass-through to the cabin and folding down the rear seats provides 25.eight inches of mattress size. Volkswagen borrowed that trick from the long-defunct Chevrolet Avalanche. Payload capability was quoted at 2,271 kilos, however Volkswagen didn’t quote towing capability.
The Tarok idea is powered by a 1.Four-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Producing simply 147 horsepower, it doesn’t come near matching the engines of different U.S.-market vehicles. The engine is related to a six-speed automated transmission with all-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system consists of a number of driver-programmable modes, together with an off-road mode. Inside, the truck includes a 9.2-inch infotainment display and a reconfigurable digital gauge cluster.
The looks of the Tarok idea on the 2019 New York Auto Present signifies that VW is leaning towards bringing a pickup truck to the U.S., nevertheless it’s arduous to inform what sort of truck we would get. The Tarok is probably going too small, until Ford follows by with rumored plans to convey a smaller truck right here, which might create a brand new market area of interest. A large-ranging deal between Volkswagen and Ford will produce a VW-badged pickup primarily based on the next-generation Ranger, however that mannequin could also be reserved for international markets. In the meantime, Volkswagen will convey a second idea car, the Atlas Basecamp, to New York.