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VW Premieres Long-Rumored Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept in New York

VW Premieres Long-Rumored Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept in New York

By Philly Murtha, March 29, 2018
Volkswagen presents a brawny side with the “Red Earth” painted Atlas Tanoak Midsize Pickup Concept at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Still in test phase, the Pickup Concept is built on VW’s new MQB architecture and is set up as a 5-seat, dual-cab, short bed midsize truck based on the Atlas extended wheelbase unibody platform. Taller and longer with more ground clearance than the SUV, Atlas Tanoak is named after an oak tree species on the U.S. Pacific Coast.

Perfect for hauling bikes and surfboards, the VW Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept sits 2 inches higher and is 15.8-inches longer than the Atlas midsize SUV. The Concept with 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) also offers nearly 10 inches of ground clearance for on- or off-road capability. Power comes from the Atlas 3.6-liter V-6 engine matched with an 8-speed automatic that produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb.-ft. of torque. VW says the Concept accelerates from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

VW’s newest Concept entry to the Atlas lineup, features a rugged look with raised hood, illuminated two-bar grille unit with LED headlights plus off-road underbody protection. Truck stuff includes tow hooks and centrally-mounted winch. When the tailgate is opened, the bed extends to 90.2 inches. An innovative movable cargo rail over the truck bed is another extra.

Inside, the cockpit features digital instruments and spacious seating for five. Sporty contoured seats in front with ergonomic individual seating in the second row are part of the package. Instrument panel, center console and multifunction steering wheel receive a different design from other Atlas variants with functions such as AC operated digitally.

A touchscreen infotainment system is placed high for easier operation with VW’s Digital Cockpit screen. Ambient lighting integrates colors with driving modes. A new shifter grip is located on the center console between driver and front seat passenger and driver mode selection is controlled with a metallic slider. So far, most reports suggest that if this pickup makes it to market it will compete with Honda’s Ridgeline midsize pickup.
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