New Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept Shows Volkswagen Wants America Back

VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept teases 2019’s 5-seat SUV hybrid

In the meantime, it has confirmed plans to produce a two-row version of the Atlas called the Cross Sport, which debuted alongside the Tanorak at the New York International Auto Show.

As per VW's literature, the Atlas Tanoak sits on the MQB architecture, has the 4Motion all-wheel drive and stretches to 5,438 mm, which makes it a mid-size pickup by United States of A standards.

The grille and VW badge are luminated by white light and offer an animated lighting display when the auto is unlocked with light running over the grille and into the LED headlight surrounds, while the badge gradually gets brighter.

The rear doors of the truck have handles that are integrated into the vehicle's pillars for a seamless look.

The Atlas Tanoak has a more rugged appearance to match its off-road capabilities with a raised bonnet and rugged underbody protection, which houses a centrally mounted winch and carabiner.

You can see why VW wants to keep the SUV gravy train going across the pond - 54% of VW USA customers bought a Tiguan or Atlas in February 2018. Measuring 5438mm in length, the Tanoak Concept is actually longer than a double cab Amarok, and it's not short on horsepower either, with motivation coming from VW's 206kW normally aspirated V6 FSI engine mated to an eight-speed autobox and VW's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

The interior is also based on the Atlas but highly digitized in this concept truck. With a wheelbase of 128.3 in., it's designed as a dual-cab truck with spacious seating for five. This allows for easy transport of cargo such as bikes or surfboards with the tailgate in place, and ATVs and dirt bikes with the tailgate down.

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VW says the Tanoak has completely unique bodywork, although there's no question it's influence stems from the Atlas.

Volkswagen's head of design Klaus Bischoff said that the truck is, "built for America by Americans" in reference to its plant in Tennessee where the Tanoak would be built if the automaker decides to put it into production. The Atlas Tanoak Concept pickup truck is just as intriguing.

Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport SUV concept on Tuesday.

VW sensibly doesn't do a thing to disguise that, either, and in fact picks out those details with some judicious LED lighting.

The vehicle will be a five-passenger SUV that will be branded as part of the company's Atlas family and go on sale next year.

Named after a tree native to the Pacific Coast in the US the concept measures in at 5,438mm long - that's over 400mm longer than the seven-seat Atlas.

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