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Volkswagen’s Tarok Pickup Should Give Hyundai Food for Thought

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A brand new Volkswagen pickup for Brazil? Yawn. As a lot as small, low cost pickups turns this author’s crank, the picture that got here to thoughts upon listening to information of this week’s São Paulo unveiling was a bizarre amalgam of the late Ford Courier and VW Fox.

Then I checked out pictures of the VW Tarok idea, which is claimed to virtually precisely mirror the manufacturing vehicle sure for that market. My, my — what a fetching little truck. Sporting just about the very same wheelbase of the Atlas and bearing a mattress that extends in each instructions, the MQB-platform vehicle is a flexible and classy little unibody runabout.

Isn’t this beautiful a lot what Hyundai has in thoughts for North America, assuming it pulls the set off on the Santa Cruz?

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Hyundai’s waffled on that call since early 2015, and, whereas preliminary R&D work is ongoing, it’s nonetheless not sure that we’ll ever see it come to fruition. The earliest we’d see manufacturing begin on the Santa Cruz — described as a 4-seat unibody pickup with an extendable mattress, positioned under at this time’s midsize choices — is in two years.

The Santa Cruz is a ghost, however the Tarok is actual. With Hyundai unable to offer us with any photographs of their imaginative and prescient, we’re left with the Tarok to gaze upon, questioning whether or not there’s room within the North American market for a vehicle of this size and format.

Being of Latin American intent, the Tarok makes do with a turbocharged 1.four-liter 4-cylinder plucked instantly from the Jetta. The one hundred fifty horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque on faucet (a six-velocity automated is standard, as is all-wheel drive) is hardly Ford Raptor territory, although VW plans to outfit the manufacturing mannequin with a 2.zero-liter turbodiesel. Different markets, ought to VW select to enterprise there, might see totally different powerplants. Maybe the Atlas’ base turbo 2.0L fuel engine can be of use. Nonetheless, that’s solely a hypothetical for now. Latin America is the mannequin’s house, and VW plans to gauge curiosity earlier than deciding whether or not to increase the Tarok’s availability to different areas.

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One factor’s for positive — you’ll by no means see it right here. The automaker confirmed to Motor Authority that the Tarok won’t ever be bought within the U.S., even when its attain expands. Meaning if Hyundai ever involves a choice on its Santa Cruz, it can have the area of interest to itself.

Let’s take a better take a look at the Tarok. Whereas the VW Tanoak idea revealed in New York this spring boasts larger distance its wheels hubs than the Atlas, the Tarok’s underpinnings are primarily unchanged from the three-row crossover. Regardless of the car-based mostly structure, each trucks boast a floor clearance of simply shy of 10 inches. The smaller Tarok’s mattress measures a scant three.ninety six ft; good for cordwood, however not for lumber. Nevertheless, a full-width folding partition permits house owners to repurpose cabin area as soon as they’ve folded down (or eliminated) the rear seats.

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Image: VW

 

Give these rear seats a flip, open the partition, and objects 6.eleven ft in size can lie flat within the mattress, tailgate up. Decrease the gate, and there’s eight.36 ft of mattress size. Take away the rear seats, the full mattress size expands to 9.1 ft, although you’d definitely need a mattress extender to maintain gadgets from turning into street particles. Cautious of the rear glass if you’re shoving rebar and God is aware of what else again there.

Apart from the flexibility, the Tarok appears good in spite its blunt profile. The excessive character line reduces bloat, and the darkish-coloured A- and B-pillars permit the rakish, metallic end baskethandle C-pillar to actually and figuratively shine. It’s sufficient to make you think about simply a lot truck you actually need to personal. I’ve to marvel if it’s making Hyundai think, too.

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