Will Volkswagen come back to the pick-up segment with the Atlas Tanoak?

05/09/2018 Same topic: Auto industry: Weekly updates
The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak gets a new design which re-positions the rail from the back of the cab to its bed.

Volkswagen has been recognized for its snappy passenger cars but the carmaker seems to bring about a great surprise when introducing a pickup concept named Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

Volkswagen seems to cast doubt on the Atlas Tanoak when saying there’s no plan for the production but it is only designed to interest the public only.

This concept reminds the good old days when the Volkswagen Pickup gains attraction on every street of America between 1979 and 1984. Mark Gillies, Volkswagen’s spokesman, said before they stopping manufacturing the Volkswagen Pickup, the carmaker had delivered 77,512 units to their customers.

The angular front of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

Klaus Bischoff, the Volkswagen’s chief designer, claimed it is the most American Volkswagen of all time

Also at the show, Klaus Bischoff, the Volkswagen’s chief designer, claimed it is the most American Volkswagen of all time. While Hinrich Woebcken, the VW American CEO, joked this model may only be less American than the cowboy hat.

Video: Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept: First Look

The vision of the future Atlas Tanoak is partly unveiled as it uses the underpinnings we find in the Volkswagen Atlas SUV released in 2017.

Earlier, Woebcken seemed to pave a way for an upcoming family of vehicles which is based on the Volkswagon Atlas nameplate. Among these vehicles, there will be a place for the Atlas Cross Sport crossover which had been revealed in an event linked to the 2018 New York Auto Show.

The view from above of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

Volkswagen seems to cast doubt on the Atlas Tanoak when saying there’s no plan for the production

The name Tanoak comes from the same name of a tree from the Pacific Coast which can reach the height of 135 feet.

If this model comes available, it is promised to go head to head with possible midsize pickup rivals such as the Nissan Frontier, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and Toyota Tacoma.

The side of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

When it comes to the body length of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak, it measures up to 214.1 inches

When it comes to the body length of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak, it measures up to 214.1 inches to be 1.4 inches more than the Chevrolet Colorado, and 1.8 inches more than the Toyota Tacoma.

The angular rear of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak gets a new design which re-positions the rail from the back of the cab to its bed 

Speaking of the engine, the new pickup comes standard with a 3.6L six-cylinder gas one (no longer bets on diesel engine for the US market after the earlier emissions scandal) which puts out 276 HP.The model runs on an eight-speed automatic gearbox and is capable of accelerating from rest to 60 mph in 8.5s.

The interior of the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

The model runs on an eight-speed automatic gearbox

The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak gets a new design which re-positions the rail from the back of the cab to its bed so that it now can carry large stuff like ladders for example.

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