Now the Tarok has been presented in the flesh for the first time, at the Sao Paolo auto show in Brazil. It will be the brand's answer to the very popular Fiat Toro pickup in South America.
VW is positioning the Tarok as a lifestyle vehicle, so it's thinking more along the lines of surfboards and skis than stacks of sheetrock. It means that users can accommodate longer items using the space provided.
The most notable thing about the Tarok Concept truck is its unique bed configuration.
The VW Tarok isn't destined for the United Kingdom or Europe (at the moment), but we'd have thought there would be healthy market for a cheaper, lifestyle pick-up sitting below the Amarok - complete with the tax breaks for business owners.
Dubbed the "next-generation pick-up", the Tarok is set for launch on the Brazilian market soon, though Volkswagen has yet to indicate whether it will be sold in any other countries.
Volkswagen says "it is certain" the Tarok will head into production in Brazil "with barely any changes".
A panel at the rear of the cab, shifts open, to allow this elongation of the load area.
At the outset the Tarok will be offered to Brazilian consumers with a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbo engine (the concept now is fitted with a 1.4L 4-cylinder).
Inside, the Tarok feature's Volkswagen's latest digital cockpit infotainment system, along with digital air conditioning controls.
The all-wheel-drive pick-up rides on the VW Group's MQB platform, measures around five metres long (for context, the Amarok is 5 254 mm in length) and has a maximum load of "around one tonne".
While the Tarok Concept is powered by a 1.4-litre 110kW four-cylinder petrol engine (hooked up to a 6-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive) the production model will kick off with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel direct injection engine that also delivers 110kW.