A new Volkswagen pickup for Brazil? Yawn. As most as small, inexpensive pickups turns this writer’s crank, a picture that came to mind on conference news of this week’s SÃ£o Paulo phenomenon was a uncanny amalgam of a late Ford Courier and VW Fox.
Then we looked during cinema of a VW Tarok concept, that is pronounced to roughly accurately counterpart a prolongation car firm for that market. My, my â€” what a attractive small truck. Sporting flattering most a accurate same wheelbase of a Atlas and temperament a bed that extends in both directions, a MQB-platform car is a versatile and stylish small unibody runabout.
Isn’t this flattering most what Hyundai has in mind for North America, presumption it pulls a trigger on a Santa Cruz?
Hyundai’s waffled on that preference given early 2015, and, while initial RD work is ongoing, it’s still not certain that we’ll ever see it come to fruition. The beginning we’d see prolongation start on a Santa Cruz â€” described as a four-seat unibody pickup with an extendable bed, positioned next today’s midsize offerings â€” is in dual years.
The Santa Cruz is a ghost, yet a Tarok is real. With Hyundai incompetent to yield us with any images of their vision, we’re left with a Tarok to gawk upon, wondering either there’s room in a North American marketplace for a car of this stretch and layout.
Being of Latin American intent, a Tarok creates do with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder plucked directly from a Jetta. The 150 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque on daub (a six-speed involuntary is standard, as is all-wheel drive) is frequency Ford Raptor territory, yet VW skeleton to outfit a prolongation indication with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel. Other markets, should VW select to try there, could see opposite powerplants. Perhaps a Atlas’ bottom turbo 2.0L gas engine would be of use. Still, that’s usually a suppositious for now. Latin America is a model’s home, and VW skeleton to sign seductiveness before determining either to enhance a Tarok’s accessibility to other regions.
One thing’s for certain â€” you’ll never see it here. The automaker reliable to Motor Authority that a Tarok will never be sole in a U.S., even if a strech expands. That means if Hyundai ever comes to a preference on a Santa Cruz, it will have a niche to itself.
Let’s take a closer demeanour during a Tarok. While the VW Tanoak concept suggested in New York this open boasts larger stretch a wheels hubs than a Atlas, a Tarok’s underpinnings are radically unvaried from a three-row crossover. Despite a car-based architecture, both trucks exaggerate a belligerent clearway of only bashful of 10 inches. The smaller Tarok’s bed measures a meagre 3.96 feet; good for cordwood, yet not for lumber. However, a full-width folding assign allows owners to repurpose cabin space once they’ve folded down (or removed) a behind seats.
Give those behind seats a flip, open a partition, and objects 6.11 feet in length can distortion prosaic in a bed, tailgate up. Lower a gate, and there’s 8.36 feet of bed length. Remove a behind seats, a sum bed length expands to 9.1 feet, yet you’d positively wish a bed extender to keep equipment from branch into highway debris. Careful of a behind potion when you’re shoving rebar and God knows what else behind there.
Besides a versatility, a Tarok looks good in annoy a blunt profile. The high impression line reduces bloat, and a dark-colored A- and B-pillars concede a rakish, lead finish baskethandle C-pillar to literally and figuratively shine. It’s adequate to make we consider about only most lorry we unequivocally need to own. we have to consternation if it’s creation Hyundai think, too.
[Images: Volkswagen Group]