The German automotive giant has big appetite. But, sometimes, it is hard to fulfill all the wishes. For example, Volkswagen is trying to enter the US pickup market for a long time. Their ideas are interesting, but the product is not available at dealerships yet. First, they have a good base – the Amarok truck. This vehicle is pretty popular worldwide. But, for the biggest stage, the company needed something special. First, it was supposed to be the Atlas Tanoak pickup. After years of waiting, a new concept emerged. The 2023 VW Tarok is the hope that the German manufacturer will finally make a crucial step toward the truck market.
As for the Atlas Tanoak, fans are losing the patience. This concept is already becoming old. The idea of 2023 VW Tarok now seems to be better and better. However, the lack of moves in the production segment is what bothers enthusiasts. The Tarok was introduced in 2019 at NY Auto Show. This was supposed to be a compact pickup for deliveries in urban areas. At that time, this segment didn’t exist. Nowadays, Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are there. This could wake up bosses and make Volkswagen engineers prepare the new vehicle for the 2023 season.
2023 VW Tarok Specs
Under the bonnet of the new 2023 VW Tarok will be a small and efficient engine. At the debut, that was a 1.4-liter TSI configuration. Also, the truck debuted in South America with a 2.0-liter diesel. Manual and automatic transmissions were available.
A few years later, the same powerplants should be there for a small pickup. We would also add a 2.0-liter petrol unit. Outputs can be anywhere between 120 and 250 horsepower, depending on the configuration engineers pick. The small pickup truck won’t be able to tow too much. But, up to 3,000 pounds will be more than enough for such a vehicle. Still, if Volkswagen wants to be more competitive, the carmaker will have to make bold moves and deliver a truck with higher outputs and increased hauling potential.
Finally, the ID concept is expanding its solutions. The new platform includes an electric drivetrain. In the future, that is possible. But, for the 2023 VW Tarok, we can only see a hybrid system with improved gas mileage. Compact pickups are there to save on small deliveries, not to produce high power and towing outputs.
Release Date in the US
From what we’ve heard, the 2023 VW Tarok is going to be available in Brazil. The company wants to secure the market in this region, since more buyers are after a pickup truck. But, bosses know that the main stage for trucks is in the United States. So, the debut of the Tarok here would certify the efforts. Anyway, various sources say that the company pulled the plug from this project. This is the second disappointment for truckers and VW lovers in the US. It will be hard to speak again about the Volkswagen truck again.