Volkswagen Tarok Concept
One important design feature in the five-seater Tarok Concept is its variable loading area concept. The floor space can be extended by opening the tailgate or using the brand new mechanism that allows the bottom of the passenger cab rear panel to be folded down. As a result, drivers can also use the back of the cab to transport extra-long items. Analogous to this variability, the maximum load is correspondingly high at around one tonne.
The engine makes 148 horsepower and is able to run on pure E100 ethanol, as well as various gasoline-ethanol mixes, which is important for South American markets.
However, nothing is stopping VW from offering it with an even more suitable (and more torquey and efficient) 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine. Brazilian law states that a vehicle can have an oil-burner under the hood if its carrying capacity exceeds one ton, which it probably will, even if VW has so far only confirmed that the value is “around one ton”. It will probably just exceed that value in order to qualify for using the diesel, although if they start selling the model elsewhere, this won’t be an issue.
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