Volkswagen To Show Their Own Pickup Contender In New York?

Volkswagen To Show Their Own Pickup Contender In New York?

At 214.1 inches, the Atlas Tanoak 15.8 inches longer than VW's Atlas SUV, and its 9.8-inch ground clearance is 2 inches higher than that of the Atlas SUV.

The thesis of the Volkswagen Atlas SUV was to build a vehicle tailored to American tastes.

The Tanoak concept is 214.1 inches long, some 15.8 inches longer than the Atlas, which makes it a large midsize pickup by USA standards. The pickup concept rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 275/55-series tires, and it'll apparently sprint to 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds. for whatever that's worth.

Like the Atlas, it is built on the company's flexible MQB platform. The VW Atlas Cross Sport concept will spawn Volkswagen's new family crossover.

But there's a big bed in the back, and almost ten inches of ground clearance underneath.

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PREVIOUS STORY: As German automaker Volkswagen prepares to unveil the new 5-seat Atlas SUV in the New York International Auto Show this week, several automotive web sites report that VW may have another card up its sleeve, in the form or a pickup truck. Its LED headlights frame a grille split by two horizontal bars, versus the three on the three-row Atlas.

The same exaggerated proportions continue at the rear, with the bed clearly distinct from the double-cab by virtue of a sweeping trim line. The Tanoak has a stretched 128.3-inch wheelbase - 11 inches longer than the Atlas.

It looks great but, more importantly, it's useful functionality that other pickup makers aren't yet offering. The all-wheel-drive-mode control behind the shifter even has its own display and LED lighting. The digital instrumentation that replaces the analog gages is a league ahead of what just about every truck out there offers today, while VW's infotainment system gets a big touchscreen to play with in the center console. Happily Volkswagen's designers have still included not only physical controls, but ones big enough that you could still toggle and tap them while wearing work gloves. Meanwhile, the interior caters to the fans of technology and luxury that enjoy the feeling of being pampered after a long day of experiencing the many splendors of the American outdoors.

The Atlas Cross Sport is a smaller five-seat version of the seven-seat Atlas SUV, introduced past year. The Atlas Cross Sport concept is a plug-in hybrid, with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque being joined by two electric motors.

Where this theory runs into trouble is with the same Volkswagen customers who have long wanted such a pickup, as the midsize truck's diesel powertrain and (relatively, mind you) smaller dimensions were seen as selling points.

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