Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Volkswagen To Show Their Own Pickup Contender In New York?

Volkswagen To Show Their Own Pickup Contender In New York?

Volkswagen already has a perfectly serviceable pickup in the Amarok, which was introduced in 2010 and is now is sold just about everywhere except North America (and Asia).

Volkswagen has a new, 5-seat SUV in the works, and it's previewing just what that will look like in 2019 with the Atlas Cross Sport Concept.

Unlike Volkswagen's Atlas Sport Cross concept, the Tanoak is conventionally powered. Both are underpinned by Volkswagen's modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform. Named after a species of tree that is native to the Pacific Coast in the U.S. (and that grows up to 135 feet high), the Atlas Tanoak is the first pickup based on Volkswagen's MQB (modular transverse matrix) architecture. The Tanoak is the first pickup truck to be fitted to the MQB. The vehicle could rival with pickups like the Honda Ridgeline, executives stated.

The two concept cars illustrate how the Atlas range could be expanded into a model family.

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How Big Is The Atlas Tanoak Exactly?

The new truck shares more than just a name with the Atlas SUV.

The Atlas Cross Sport has a more streamlined profile than the Atlas, is 7.5 inches shorter, and features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that can produce 355 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. As the first half of its name implies, the double cab is based on the Atlas mid-sized SUV, which was designed primarily for the U.S. market and we'll assume the same of this pick-up concept.

Ground clearance is 9.8 inches, which is on par or better than a number of traditional body-on-frame pickups. Toyota leads, with sales of nearly 200,000 Tacomas a year ago. Ford will launch sales of the 2019 Ranger midsize pickup later this year. The full-size segment accounted for about one in eight new vehicles sold in the US last year, and the vast bulk of the profits earned by Detroit's Big Three. That pushed the brand past the traditional truck seller GMC and its Canyon, to capture fourth place in the segment. But VW has struggled for 48 years now to reach new levels of USA sales, and with an MQB-based Atlas family in the works in Chattanooga, it might finally be ready to answer President Johnson's Chicken Tax.

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The automaker sells the Amarok pickup truck in Europe and other places but not in the United States, where it deals with a 25 percent import tariff.

The Tanoak's cabin diverges further from the Atlas. Tow hooks are built into the rear bumper.

The rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillar, and yes, the grille lights up. The Atlas Tanoak Concept rides on 20-inch wheels and it features a moveable cargo rail that can slide throughout the length of the bed to accommodate large items. That's paired with an eight-speed automatic that sends power out to all four wheels with a version of the VW 4Motion AWD system using Active Control.

While in motion, five passengers can fill the Tanoak's interior.

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The Atlas Tanoak Concept takes its name from a type of acorn tree called the tanoak.

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