New VW Compact Pickup Concept Teased, Previews 2020 Production Model

Volkswagen has released the first sketch of an all-new pickup concept which will debut at the São Paulo Motor Show on November 6th.

Being billed as an “extraordinary pickup,” the unnamed model promises to combine the best attributes of trucks and SUVs. The company didn’t go into specifics, but said the concept will have an innovative “multivariable loading area” which can be extended by folding the rear panel of the truck’s cab.

That’s pretty vague, but it sounds like the concept have a removable rear bed wall that’s similar to the one used on the old Chevrolet Avalanche.

The truck is an “urban-oriented vehicle” and this suggests the model will be a lifestyle pickup. It will be based on the MQB platform and feature all-wheel drive. The automaker also confirmed the model will be positioned beneath the Amarok.

Volkswagen only released one picture of the concept, but it shows the truck will have strong character lines, pronounced wheel arches and a rounded bed with high walls. We can also see full width taillights, a silver C-pillar and short roof rails.

While it remains unclear if the larger Tanoak concept will go into production, Volkswagen confirmed this particular pickup will be launched in Brazil in 2020. The automaker went on to say the production model will be “virtually unchanged” from the concept and could eventually be offered in “other regions of the world.” There’s no word on which markets the company is considering, but it’s doubtful the truck would ever come to America due to its small size.


  • charlotteharry57

    The Tanoak is what initially prompted the VW/Ford hookup since VW wants it to be based off the Ranger. I don’t see a need for the smaller one in the States.

    • performante

      I guess they didn’t learn from the Routan deal.

    • MarkoS

      VW is likely looking to team-up for the next Amarok. A Tanoak would be based on the Atlas if produced.

  • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

    And it will look nothing like this.

  • B. D.

    Me at the VW drive thru: Hi, yes, I’d like to order something that not one person asked for.

    • Ilbirs

      In U.S. probably it wouldn’t sell, but there are other places in the world that would like a compact truck true to what the concept was before all the bloating that happened on the segment. It’s one of the reasons why Fiat Toro is the overall leader in pick-ups sales, despite not being exactly a cheap vehicle to buy, but with a size very close to the one seen in U.S.-spec previous-gen Ranger.

    • Alx

      Travelling is a great cure for ignorance. Try it!

      • B. D.

        Okay Comment Carl. Just a joke. Un-clenching butt cheeks is a great cure for being a tight ass! Try it!

  • USOZ

    This will not sell.

    • GT

      It will in markets that like these things, ie. not where you live obviously

    • Alx

      It will in Australia.

  • Zandit75

    This may not go on sale in the US, yet they will be getting the Hyundai SantaCruz.
    Both this new VW, and the Hyundai would be perfect models for Australia, yet I’m sure we won’t see them here.

    • GT

      Same story for Australia – only real RHD market so they don’t bother. Agree it would sell very well there.

      • Zandit75

        I’d be lining up for one. For us here in Australia, the roads are just not big enough for the standard “Mid Sized Trucks” which include the Ranger, Hilux Amarok etc. 80% of them are not used for the purpose they were built for anyway, so something smaller would be ideal.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I truly hope VW goes this route. VW and Hyundai will bring CUV designer trends to the midsize pickup market. Maybe Honda will join them too. Which is great. That’ll leave Ford, GM, and Toyota to give us traditional truck designs, while these 3 can appeal to the broader, car-buying/CUV-buying market.

  • Thank it wouldn’t be sold in the US!

  • MarkoS

    This is a none-US market concept. Its seems to me with the Atlas already in production that a US market Tanoak would be a no-brainer, if even to test the waters, It would have to do better than the Ridgeline if it looked close to the concept.

  • OdysseyTag

    If the release of the recent Polo, Tiguan SWB, T-Roc, and T-Cross have shown us anything, it’s that these smaller models are never meant for the US. Catch a hint.

    Having said that, the approach of making US specific models for that market might do better for them moving forward – it’s atleast worth a shot.

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