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Volkswagen Tristar Truck Concept Revealed

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A Pickup With An Espresso Machine? Well... It's Really More of a Van With an Espresso Machine

The Volkswagen Tristar Truck Concept

The Volkswagen Tristar Truck Concept

If a Ford F-150 ever mated with a Kia Soul their boxy offspring might look like this Tristar pickup truck concept from Volkswagen, which was recently unveiled at the International Commercial Vehicle show in Hannover, Germany.

If it looks like a van that is missing 25 percent of its body, that’s because it essentially is. The Tristar is based on Volkswagen’s T-series vans, and has a small pickup bed (which is split into two parts) sitting behind its extended, short-nosed cab.

The Volkswagen Tristar Truck Concept's pickup bed

The Volkswagen Tristar Truck Concept’s pickup bed

Related model: Volkswagen Routan Wagon

The truck is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI inline four-cylinder engine which provides 200 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. That’s filtered to all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and gives the Tristar a 0 to 60 time of ten seconds flat.

The interior, though, is where the Tristar really distinguishes itself from other pickups, thanks to a 20-inch tablet table, video conferencing and – no joke – an onboard espresso machine.


A pickup cab with a built-in espresso machine – now you’ve seen everything

Related model: Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen

With video-conferencing and class-leading latte capabilities, this pickup is clearly meant more for the white collar crowd. VW’s own press release calls it “a mobile high-tech office,” and touts it as, “the perfect place for meetings.” And can’t you just imagine your boss stopping by your cubicle to say, “Hey, Jim, want to go over those new spreadsheets in the parking lot? I got a new VW pickup truck that’s way better than our usual boardroom. I’ll make us some venti mochas and we can make Brad stay in the building and video-conference with us, since the cab only seats two.”

No? We can’t either.