2022 Volkswagen Tarek
What car could perhaps replace a vehicle with the pedigree and history of the Volkswagen Beetle? Why a compact crossover naturally!
The last Beetle ever made (hopefully) rolled off the assembly line on July 9th at Volkswagen’s factory in Puebla, Mexico. With over 80 years of vehicle heritage, the Beetle is the most produced and longest-running vehicle that the world has ever seen. Its name will decrease in legend and tune as the world’s true “people’s car.”
We were informed at the time of the Beetle’s demise that the same factory that developed it will now be retooled to produce a completely different vehicle: an as-yet-unnamed compact crossover. Now we understand what the crossover will be called.
According to VW of Mexico CEO Steffen Reiche in an interview with Automotive News, the replacement for the Beetle will be called the Tarek. Most likely. He was not able to validate the name. However it’s the one that other publications are throwing around, so we’ll call it the Tarek up until Volkswagen states otherwise.
The Tarek will be largely based off a Chinese crossover called the Tharu. “We’ll adjust the Chinese model for this market,” Reiche told the publication. “Our variation will be the stronger one, the rougher one compared to the Chinese one.”
The Volkswagen Tarek crossover is the brand’s upcoming crossover to slot listed below the Tiguan, and new spy shots catch the South-American-market variation under development. It goes on sale there in 2020 and comes to North America by the end of 2021. This test mule was on the roadway near São Paulo.
2022 Volkswagen Tarek Design
The engineering team covers the front and back with camouflage however leaves the center of the vehicle exposed. The styling is upright and chiseled and looks like a larger variation of the tinier T-Cross crossover. The Tarek is currently available in China. However, VW sells it as the Tharu there (see listed below). The overall style looks very similar in between them, other than for some trim differences.
The Tarek steps 14.6 feet (4.45 meters) long and has an 8.8-foot (2.68-meter) wheelbase. Freight area totals 15.72 cubic feet (410 liters).
2022 Volkswagen Tarek Engine
South American examples of the Tarek will get a 1.4 TSI engine making 148 horsepower (110 kilowatts and 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) of torque that runs through a six-speed automated transmission to the front wheels. The all-wheel-drive might be readily available for it later.
2022 Volkswagen Tarek Price
In South America, the Tarek will slot in between the T-Cross and Tiguan in VW’s crossover lineup and will complete against the Jeep Compass there. The basic variation will have seating for five, but there will also be a seven-seat version. Prices there ought to be between R$ 120,000 to R$ 150,000 ($ 31,000 and $39,000) at existing exchange rates.
2022 Volkswagen Tarek Production
VW’s factory in Mexico will develop the Tarek for the United States, and it’ll take up the production capacity previously for the Beetle. Steffen Reiche, VW of Mexico CEO, states the North American version of the Tarek is more rugged than the Chinese variation.