After Volkswagen revealed the concept two years ago, the 2022 VW Tarok is still just a rumor. However, the newest reports are strongly suggesting the brand-new Tarok pickup truck. Originally, this model was planned for the South American markets. Now, the story is a bit different as the Tarok pickup could also arrive in the United States. This makes perfect sense as Volkswagen clearly thinks the Tarok model will be a huge success.
The pickup truck segment is growing and compact pickups are becoming more and more popular. The manufacturer already offers the Amarok model and the Atlas Tanoak will also reach production in the near future. At this moment, we know a couple of things about the brand-new Tarok variant, so here’s everything you need to know.
2022 Tarok Exterior Design
At this moment, all we know about the 2022 VW Tarok and its design is thanks to its original concept. For a start, Volkswagen will surely opt for the famous MQB platform. Thanks to that, Tarok will arrive with a standard front-wheel-drive. The concept is 197 inches long and the Tarok pickup truck will arrive with a similar size. As for the design, the concept looks promising and realistic.
Because of that, we believe the Tarok model won’t depart from its roots drastically. It is a familiar design language and models such as Tiguan and Golf are wearing the same recognizable styling. Surely, Tarok will have to offer something unique. Some rumors are predicting different headlights and a larger grille. Still, Volkswagen is yet to reveal closer details.
Again, the concept is the only source of information right now. However, the 2022 VW Tarok will surely borrow a lot of things from the Amarok pickup truck. As we said, the MQB architecture will underpin the new Tarok pickup, so we expect a very comfortable and quiet ride. The cabin design will be closer to the Amarok model, which means Tarok will provide a similar dashboard design.
On top of that, we count on the same layout of buttons and controls. The concept comes with a 9.2-inch touchscreen, but Tarok will surely offer a smaller unit as standard. Still, Volkswagen didn’t say anything about possible cabin design, its features, and cab configurations.
Numerous Powertrain Options
If the 2022 VW Tarok is truly heading to South America, we should then expect a smaller and less potent engine lineup. Various reports are predicting two gasoline and a single diesel engine option. The base Tarok pickup will arrive with a 1.4-liter gasoline unit that develops 150 hp. An optional gasoline engine will produce over 200 hp and diesel around 150 hp.
However, a diesel engine will deliver almost 300 lb-ft of torque, which is great. As for the US-spec Tarok, a larger 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is a more likely outcome. Still, this is just another speculation and we are waiting for the German manufacturer to make it official.
2022 VW Tarok Price, Release Date
Price is another mystery, but the 2022 VW Tarok won’t be an expensive pickup truck. Instead, its price will start between $20,000 and $25,000. Volkswagen will reportedly launch its brand-new pickup truck in the first quarter of 2022.