Due to the pandemic, all the carmakers had to rearrange their plans. Volkswagen was about to introduce a small truck in the US to compete with Ford Maverick, but it didn’t happen. Yet. The 2023 VW Tarok concept is still alive and since the pandemic slowed down, we can expect the start of production very soon.
On the other hand, it won’t be the first time the German manufacturer leaves a cool project. Truckers remember the premiere of the Atlas Tanoak. The promising pickup was one of the most anticipated models for years, but it never happened. Now, the 2023 VW Tarok is there to fix the image. Nevertheless, we expect it to happen in other markets before the pickup hits the main stage in North America.
Premiere and Reactions
It was obvious that VW gave up on competing in the big trucks market with the Atlas Tanoak. We didn’t wait for too long before the new concept came out. The manufacturer introduced Tarok in Brazil in 2018, and a few months later, fans saw it at the New York Auto Show. Fans immediately saw the pickup as the competitor to Ford Maverick. The compact segment is yet to be explored by truckmakers. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outburst spoiled the plans and Volkswagen had to put the production on hold. Meanwhile, other projects jumped into the first plan, and the company is now investing more money into electrification. The 2023 VW Tarok is not canceled.
2023 VW Tarok Specs
Two versions of the 2023 VW Tarok are about to be available. In the US, the truck is going to use a 1.4-liter petrol engine in a combo with a six-speed auto transmission. 150 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque would be more than enough for such a vehicle. The main purpose of the truck is driving through urban areas, making deliveries where big pickups can’t reach. Additionally, the Tarok is more efficient than mid- and full-size pickups. On the other hand, towing capacity is not going to stun you. But, such a vehicle doesn’t need big numbers in this segment.
In the rest of the world, the 2023 Volkswagen Tarok is going to use a 2.0-liter diesel. An oil burner, depending on the configuration, can deliver up to 190 hp. Engineers won’t go so far and the truck will rather be at the same level as a Golf hatchback or Passat sedan.
2023 VW Tarok Release Date
After a setback, the 2023 VW Tarok is back on the map. The pandemic is calming down and the German manufacturer can proceed with plans. Still, the situation is not perfect, since other, bigger truckmakers are not keen on exploring the compact pickup world. For now, only Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are available at dealerships. Ram and Chevy also have their models, but available in South America, not in the US. But, the 2023 Volkswagen Tarok is probably the favorite to be the next small pickup. The vehicle should debut soon since we are approaching the 2023 season.