Buyers in North America are expecting to see Volkswagen Amarok from the beginning of this decade. However, until this happens, the Volkswagen Group unveiled the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept. The official presentation is at the current 2018 New York Auto Show. Unfortunately, it is still not known whether it will have serial production. As the main rivals we see Honda Ridgeline.
Although based on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV, the front and rear of the vehicle are significantly different. The radiator grille, engine hood, daytime LED running lights and LED headlights are completely redesigned. Also, the modified bumper has a large Atlas logo in the middle. Of course, the last part has been completely changed. Installed are three-dimensional LED taillights (connected to the lower and upper row of LED strips), a more robust bumper, almost imperceptible tailgate, and two trapezoidal exhaust pipes. It is noticeable both the front and the last animated lighting. In cabin has leather seats, multifunction steering wheel, air conditioning, touchscreen infotainment system, yellow or blue ambient lighting.
This concept has a length of 214.1 inch (5438 mm), a width of 79.9 inch (2029 mm), a height of 72.6 inch (1844 mm), and a wheelbase of 128.3 inch (3259 mm). Placed at 20-inch alloy wheels and the Volkswagen MQB platform. For now, it only offers dual-cab with two doors, designed to accommodate five passengers. The ground clearance is 9.8 inch (249 mm), while the cargo box 64.1×57.1×20.9 inch (1628x1450x531 mm). Unfortunately, data for weight, payload and towing capacity are not available.
This mid-size pickup truck will have a 3.6-liter V6 petrol engine. The production of this engine is 276 hp and 266 lb-ft (361 Nm) of torque. The VW’s multi-plate clutch 4Motion four-wheel drive system is combined with eight-speed automatic transmission. For acceleration from 0 to 62 mph it takes about 8.5 seconds, while the maximum speed is up to 118 mph (190 km/h).
If there is a serial production, the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak can be expected next year. As for cost, we expect it will not be more expensive than the standard Atlas SUV model.