Brazil-bound VW Tarok pickup headed to NY auto present, however does it have a future in US?

The Volkswagen Tarok compact pickup idea unveiled in Brazil final fall, which is able to finally spawn a manufacturing mannequin to be offered in South America, will seem on the 2019 New York Worldwide Auto Present, the German automaker confirmed Monday.

A trial balloon to gauge curiosity, the Tarok is predicated on the identical MQB platform that underpins the VW Atlas—the 2 share almost equivalent wheelbase dimensions.

It isn’t the primary time that VW has teased American patrons with an Atlas-based pickup. The VW Atlas Tanoak idea arrived final 12 months on the NY auto present with comparable dimensions and an MQB platform beneath. On the time, VW execs stated the Tanoak was a concept-only research and a manufacturing automobile primarily based on it could be unlikely.

Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept, 2018 New York auto show

Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak idea, 2018 New York auto present

Now, a 12 months after the Tanoak idea—and a fledgling partnership with Ford working within the background, partially to supply a mid-size pickup for the remainder of the world—the Tarok seems to be nearer to manufacturing for the U.S.

The Tarok rides atop a wheelbase that is 117.7-inches lengthy—in comparison with 117.three inches for the Atlas—however the mattress size is just 47.5 inches, shorter than each would-be competitor within the U.S., together with the Honda Ridgeline. The Tarok’s mattress size will increase by tumbling down the second-row seats to greater than six toes lengthy, which opens a pass-through into the cabin. VW says the Tarok can carry greater than 2,200 kilos in its quick mattress, however did not specify a towing capability.

That is probably as a result of the Tarok that may seem on the 2019 New York auto present is fitted with an engine certain for the remainder of the world, however underpowered in comparison with American vehicles. The Tarok is fitted with a 1.Four-liter turbo-Four additionally discovered within the Jetta and Golf; within the Tarok it makes 147 horsepower and is hooked to a 6-speed computerized and all-wheel drive. VW makes use of a 2.Zero-liter turbo-Four or narrow-angle V-6 to energy the Atlas within the U.S., probably candidates to energy any pickup offered with a VW badge right here.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept

Volkswagen Tarok Idea

If it makes it to the U.S., VW might flex the Tarok’s off-roading functionality excess of any towing or payload capability. In keeping with the automaker, the Tarok options a number of drive modes together with on street, off-road, snow, and customized off-road modes. The quick overhangs additionally give the Tarok an method angle of 23.eight levels, a departure angle of 26.Four levels, and a breakover angle of 22.1 levels with a 9.6-inch floor clearance. For comparability, the Ridgeline affords comparable angles of 20.1, 22.1, and 19.6 levels with a 7.9-inch floor clearance. The Jeep Gladiator’s 40.eight, 25, 18.Four levels with 10 inches of floor clearance continues to be tops within the class.

Earlier this 12 months, VW introduced a unfastened partnership with Ford to supply a mid-size pickup primarily based on the Ranger to be offered globally. The mid-size pickup, a successor to the present Amarok offered abroad, has a skaky future within the U.S., though VW boss in America Scott Keogh has stated that the automaker would take into account constructing a pickup for the U.S., in line with CNET.

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