The Tarok Concept can support a payload capacity of almost a ton.
Measuring about five metres long, the Tarok features familiar pick-up cues like a double-cab body and a rear bed for storage.
José Carlos Pavone, Head of Design Volkswagen do Brasil, revealed the pick-up concept. "The Tarok's DNA adds an exhilarating dynamic to the segment", declared Klaus Bischoff, head designer at Volkswagen.
The Tarok has a flip-down wall behind the rear seats that extends the length of the bed from less than four feet to over six when the seats are folded and nine if the tailgate is also opened. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items.
Like the now-scarce half-tonne bakkies that South Africans have come to know and love over the years, the Tarok is a unibody pick-up, but it will be a larger and more expensive offering.
Inside, you'll find a colour-coded crossbar in Cypress Metallic that stretches across the entire facia and surrounds a glass-covered infotainment system, digital air-conditioning controls and digital cockpit.
The Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-litre 110 kW / 150 PS four-cylinder TSI engine, which can be driven in Brazil as a TotalFlex Fuel Unit both with pure ethanol (E100) as well as a gasoline-ethanol blend (E22).
VW says "it is certain" that a production version of the Tarok concept will soon be offered in Brazil "with barely any changes". The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic, and the ride has permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Global markets that could well include New Zealand as, while Volkswagen has released no further details other than mentioning its global potential, Volkswagen New Zealand told Stuff that a RHD Tarok is something they would be very interested in indeed. The production model will also offer the option of a 110kW 2-litre TDI turbodiesel, with other variants and drive configurations likely joining the line-up at a later stage.