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New Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept Shows Volkswagen Wants America Back

29 March 2018, 02:09 | Jenny Fowler

NYIAS 2018 – Volkswagen Reveals Atlas Cross Sport Concept

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

Tanoak is also 15.8 inches longer than the three-row SUV overall, with its 128.3-inch wheelbase adding another 11 inches. The Ford F-150, in particular, was not only the best-selling truck in the American market, but the top-selling vehicle, period, with volume coming to almost double that of the leading SUV, the Toyota RAV-4.

So, there's plenty of nudging and winking as to how this "concept" might translate to a vehicle you see in dealerships. Still, VW's keen to make it clear that it's serious about SUVs - and about the potential of its MQB platform to accommodate multiple drivetrain options, among other things - and has made tough EV commitments for the next few years.

As well as previewing the appearance of the upcoming production version of the Atlas Cross Sport, the concept on show in NY also serves to showcase a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain being developed by Volkswagen as an option to the existing gasoline engines offered in the Atlas SUV.

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

Volkswagen AG revealed a prototype pickup truck at the NY auto show, a vehicle that is capable of filling a gap in the German company's USA product lineup in what is among the most profitable sectors of the American market.

There's a new grille, new daytime running LEDs and a more sculpted look to the front quarter panels than the Atlas, while the illuminated Volkswagen badge on the grille is actually illegal in Germany, but legal in the US. The all-wheel-drive Tanoak concept rides on 20-inch wheels.

Created to be an affordable alternative to rivals such as the BMW X6, the Atlas Cross Sport should live up to its sporty credentials if it eventually arrives with the same powerplant as the concept. The cab and bed are painted in Red Earth.

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How Big Is The Atlas Tanoak Exactly?

Inside, the Tanoak follows the trend of more digitization in pickups with "the majority of functions" digitally controlled.

The Atlas Cross Sport Concept uses the same 3.6 litre V6 FSI engine as the Atlas, which makes 276 hp and 361 Nm of torque.

A number of thoughtful pickup truck touches are found inside, including a redesigned shifter that's easier to handle while wearing work gloves. "We want to be more American".

But the big reason VW can't just ship the Amarok here is that pesky Chicken Tax, which greatly favors domestically produced trucks. The images of the model the German automaker released ahead of the show are officially of a concept, but it's thought they are about as close to a production model as a concept gets.

The Tanoak's interior looks like a fresher take on what we already know from the Atlas SUV.

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