Auto Shows The Volkswagen Tanoak is an Atlas-Based Pickup Truck Concept

22:27  28 march  2018
22:27  28 march  2018 Source:   Motor Trend

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  Volkswagen Atlas 5-passenger concept to be unveiled in New York <p>Don't expect anything wild; this concept will closely signal what the finalized version will look like.</p>And keeping with the New York theme, VW will show off a "concept" at this year's show. Don't expect anything wild; this concept will closely signal what the finalized version will look like, but will have some typical non-production window dressing. We expect it to look largely like a shortened version of the bigger Atlas, perhaps a little sportier with some slightly different styling up front and in the rear.

The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept made its world debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Named after a species of tree that is native to the Pacific Coast in the U.S. (and grows up to 135 feet high in height), the Atlas Tanoak is the first pickup based on

If a VW with a truck bed is on your wish list, you might be in luck. A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas three-row crossover may be unveiled at the 2018 New York auto show this week, according to one report.

For the last week or so, we've heard rumors that Volkswagenplanned to bring a pickup truck concept to this year's New York auto show. Turns out, those rumors were correct. Meet the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept.

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Or maybe you remember the cute little Rabbit pickup truck that was built in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and early 1980s. If a VW with a bed is on your wish list—you might be in luck. A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas SUV may be unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto

If a VW with a truck bed is on your wish list, you might be in luck. A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas three-row crossover may be unveiled at the 2018 New York auto show this week, according to one report.

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As the name suggests, the Tanoak is based on the Volkswagen Atlas, but with a total length of 214.1 inches, it's nearly 16 inches longer. The wheelbase has also been stretched by 11 inches to accommodate a 64.1-inch-long bed. Meanwhile, the body has been raised 2 inches to give the Tanoak about 10 inches of ground clearance. With the tailgate down, VW says an ATV can fit in the Tanoak's bed. For comparison, the Honda Ridgeline is 210 inches long, has a 64-inch bed, and offers slightly more than 7 inches of ground clearance.

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Under the hood, you'll find the same naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6, eight-speed automatic, and all-wheel-drive system that Volkswagen uses in the Atlas. Making 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, the Tanoak's V-6 is powerful enough hit 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, according to VW. That makes it significantly slower than the last Honda Ridgeline we tested, even though both trucks have similar power figures.

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No German automaker (premium or not) has a pickup truck for the North American market, so # Volkswagen saw an opportunity here and grabbed it, sources claim. According to undisclosed sources within the company, cited by AutoNews

If a VW with a truck bed is on your wish list, you might be in luck. A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas three-row crossover may be unveiled at the 2018 New York auto show this week, according to one report.

Inside, there's seating for five and a surprisingly production-ready cabin. Designers tried to give the Tanoak a look of its own by redesigning the center console, steering wheel, and instrument cluster. And while the Atlas offers plenty of buttons and knobs, the Tanoak relies on a touchscreen for a cleaner, simpler look. The shifter and drive mode controller, on the other hand, still get physical controls that were reportedly designed to be used while wearing gloves.

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For now, Volkswagen says it has no plans to put the Tanoak into production.

"Showing a concept is not announcing something," said Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of VW North American region, at the New York auto show. "It is testing how the audience resonates."

If production is unlikely, why even create a concept?

"We have a great idea," he said. "Whether it fits in total business economics is still the subject of validation and nothing confirmed yet," he said. And it is in keeping with comments Woebcken made in Chicago in February when he said that a small pickup is doable but is a tough business case and not a top priority.

Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept Is A Pickup Truck Tease

  Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept Is A Pickup Truck Tease What if VW turned its Atlas crossover into a truck? Meet the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept: yes, it’s a VW pickup truck on American soil! But before you ask, Volkswagen says, “there are currently no production plans for the Atlas Tanoak.” In fact, Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen North American Region, has been emphatic that he’s not interested in selling a truck in the U.S. market.

Photo: VW . Now that it has the strong-selling Tiguan and Atlas crossovers, and with the diesel unpleasantness winding down, Volkswagen seems convinced it has the Sources told Automotive News that VW is set to bring a pickup truck concept to the New York Auto Show this week.

Maybe a Volkswagen Atlas truck is being prepared. ( VW ). Volkswagen can go in an American van. The automaker is ready to reveal a pickup concept at the New York A source tells the newspaper that VW is considering developing a pickup based on its three-row Atlas SUV built in Chattanooga.

In New York, he said it is doable because it sits on the same MQB platform as the Atlas crossover and the new five-passenger version of the Atlas. The pickup concept shows how far the MQB platform can be stretched, Woebcken said. And it helps the business case because of the economies of scale the platform offers.

And while it is not at the top of his wish list, "I didn't say it was off my list," he said.

The automaker is likely testing the waters to see if the small truck market, which has recently grown with the return of the Ford Ranger, is ready for a VW-badged pickup. Unlike the foreign-market Amarok, a production Tanoak could be built and sold in the U.S. relatively easily since the Atlas is already produced at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Alisa Priddle contributed to this post

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