Volkswagen has been enthusiastic about bringing a midsize pickup truck again to the U.S. marketplace for a while now, teasing followers and potential prospects with the faint risk that at some point, we too may be graced with one other funky truck from the well-known automaker. On Monday, it grew to become obvious that the Germans are nonetheless open to the concept, confirming that it is going to be bringing the VW Tarok pickup truck idea to the 2019 New York Worldwide Auto Present (NYIAS).
The final time we noticed the Tarok was in November 2018 on the Sao Paolo Motor Present in Brazil. The revealing of the truck marked the second pickup of the 12 months to be teased by Volkswagen, the primary being the Atlas Tanoak idea, which debuted at NYIAS in March 2018. Sadly, neither have been destined to stay Stateside on the time.
Angst grew to become more and more obvious in U.S. customers after information that VW and Ford had introduced a brand new world partnership. The pair of automakers confirmed that they’d be working to collaborate on the event of electrical automobiles, vans, and pickup vans. Nonetheless, the vans have been destined to be launched in Europe, Africa, and South America solely; as soon as once more destroying the hope that Individuals would at some point see one other Volkswagen pickup.
These days, rays of hope have began to trace that VW is not ruling out ultimately bringing a truck again to the States, particularly as a present partnership with Ford might assist tremendously. Volkswagen confirmed final month that it was nonetheless “100 p.c investigating” the opportunity of a pickup coming into the U.S. market, now following up with the information that it’s going to put the pickup on show in New York.
The Tarok idea is constructed on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform; the identical underlying basis used for the current-generation Golf, Jetta, Tiguan, T-Roc, and even the Audi TT. And though it’s the longest automobile constructed on the platform, it is also pretty stout in comparison with different vans out there. For example, the Tarok is round eight p.c shorter than the Ford Ranger, and 9 p.c shorter than the Toyota Tacoma, which, when outfitted with a double cab and brief mattress, measures in at simply 212.three inches.
Volkswagen helps offset the brief 47.5-inch mattress by permitting the load to spill into the cabin. Folding down the rear seats and opening a rear-access hatch, the truck beneficial properties one other 25.eight inches of room. Drop the tailgate and you’ve got a most mattress area of 73.2 inches that may haul a most payload of two,271 kilos.
For energy, Volkswagen slid in its 1.Four-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces a gentle 147 horsepower. Energy is put to the bottom by way of six-speed automated transmission and everlasting 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. Whereas the truck itself appears like a strong contender for the U.S. market, this powertrain will probably get some push again by customers when set alongside opponents just like the Ford Ranger which can be outfitted with practically double the ability from the identical quantity of cylinders, albeit bigger displacement.
Within the appears division, trendy German physique strains parallel to the automaker’s newest design language circulate alongside within the truck’s profile, and the entrance fascia is pleasantly present in a sea of bland workhorses. It does not fake to be a automobile with a work-before-comfort angle, nor does it compromise on with the ability to haul one thing dwelling from the ironmongery store. The right accent to the do-it-yourselfer in all of us.
Keep in mind that though the truck appears like a closing product, that does not imply that the U.S. market might be getting it any time quickly. If Volkswagen plans to launch a pickup in America, it plans to do it accurately and supply one thing to customers price shopping for. Possibly, hopefully, that may at some point be the Tarok.