Volkswagen Introduces Atlas Tanoak Pickup Truck Concept

by Garry Watts March 29, 2018, 1:13
Volkswagen Introduces Atlas Tanoak Pickup Truck Concept

Although the Tanoak concept pickup is based on the Atlas SUV and features VW's modular transverse matrix architecture called MQB, the designers gave the truck plenty of its own looks.

Having hinted for years at bringing a pickup to the US market, Volkswagen took a step closer to doing exactly that as it unveiled the Atlas Tanoak at the New York International Auto Show today.

So, there's plenty of nudging and winking as to how this "concept" might translate to a vehicle you see in dealerships.

Further back, the Atlas Cross Sport adopts a contoured bonnet, prominent wheel arches filled with 22-inch wheels shod with 285/45 tyres as well as a heavily raked windscreen and structured flanks with a deeply etched swage line along the deep doors. For comparison, the seven-seat Atlas is 5,037 mm in length, 1,979 mm wide and 1,768 mm tall.

The Atlas Tanoak's interior is significantly redesigned from the Atlas SUV, but features a lot of concept-style electronica that is unlikely to make it to production. It also dwarfs the 167.5-inch VW Golf. While it does have a touchscreen function, it comes with gesture control and proximity sensors which allow users to manage it easily. 3D graphics for the navigation system offer multiple layers of driver-selectable data, optionally floating points-of-interest atop the underlying route. Screens dominate the dashboard and most of the cockpit, with large touchscreens for the infotainment system and Volkswagen's digital cockpit instrument cluster, along with a touchscreen below for HVAC and other controls.

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A lower touchscreen handles HVAC controls, along with seat heating and ventilation.

On the left-hand side of the center console, the selector lever for the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission has shift-by-wire functionality. New distinctive six-sided LED daytime running lights are a prominent feature at the front, too. It has an integrated HD display and "light pipe" illumination.

Conventional drivetrains are expected to go with the vehicle when production begins in late 2019 in Chattanooga.

The "Sport" in the model's name is justified by the presence of a 355-hp plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines the Atlas' 276-hp 3.6-liter V6 with two electric motors: a front-mounted one that develops 54 hp and 162 lb-ft, and a rear unit that makes 114 hp and 199 lb-ft. The lithium-ion battery pack will be capable of storing 18kWh and allow 41km of all-electric driving. 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. The gas engine, meanwhile, would drive the front wheels in Hybrid mode. It would mark the larges vehicle made of the platform.

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