VW making a new pickup truck?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Concepts on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 4:30 pm
Side profile Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

2018 NYIAS VW Atlas Tanoak concept pickup truck

Up until this year, Volkswagen was a brand known exclusively for its small, but high-quality models. That’s changed with the larger VW Atlas and VW Tiguan, but the brand is noticeably missing from a segment that is near and dear to hearts of many Americans: The pickup truck. We’d like to say that’s all about to change with the introduction of the VW Atlas Tanoak at the 2018 NYIAS, but that depends on you. At this time, the model is merely a concept as VW gauges whether consumers are interested in the German automaker throwing its hat into the ring.

What’s special about the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak?

Though the model is based on the appearance of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas and it does have a somewhat similar appearance, the Atlas Tanoak is build from the ground. Visually, it’s a touch more rugged, especially in the front end and it has underbody components meant to help It withstand the more aggressive uses typically imagined for a pickup truck.

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Bird's Eye View of the VW Atlas Tanoak
VW Atlas Tanoak concept interior

Should the Atlas Tanoak go into production, it would be a dual-cab, five-seat model with a 61.-1 cubic foot bed. The concept model boasts a 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine which is mated to a highly-efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. To help it perform better both off-road and in slippery conditions, the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system is standard.

One unique feature is a moveable cargo rail that allows it to more easily secure large outdoor equipment such as canoes and kayaks. Other concept features include wrap-around, animated red LED light strips, digital operations in the interior, the VW Digital Cockpit, ambient interior lighting and more.

Volkswagen is gauging consumer interest to decide whether or not it should put the VW Atlas Tanoak into production. Would you be interested in the model? Share your thoughts with a comment here at the Karen Radley Volkswagen Blog.