Firstly started as a concept, the upcoming Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak made a surprise debut at the New York International Auto Show this year. According to some stories, VW brought new Atlas Tanoak a surprising debut in the last minute decision and everyone is glad that this happens. After the concept got some positive marks, this pickup earned some high ratings from the car experts. VW did it again, the German automaker managed to turn a concept in a beautifully designed pickup truck.
Named after a species of tree that mostly grows on the Pacific Coast, and as the name suggests, Atlas Tanoak is based on an Atlas SUV and the prototype is based on the MQB architecture and Tanoak is the largest vehicle ever that will ride on this platform.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Exterior Design and Dimension
The forthcoming VW Atlas Tanoak rides on a huge 128.2-inch wheelbase, and the overall length is rated at 214.1-inches. This means that the new Tanoak is 15.8-inches longer than the Atlas SUV, and the overall height of Tanoak is 72.6-inches. Classified as a midsize pickup, Tanoak’s dimensions are closer to the full-size pickup truck segment. The exterior looks rugged with muscular wheel arches. Wheels are 20-inch long and are finished in aluminum.
The headlights are extended and are illuminated by a VW emblem. At the rear, the styling looks world-class. The styling could easily be integrated into a utility vehicle and the taillights are designed in the same way as the front part. LED strips sit above and below the tailgate, a styling cue that creates amazing 3D detail.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Interior is similar to the Atlas Cross Sport model
The approaching Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak comes with a stunning interior. The interior is very similar to the Atlas Cross Sport model and the two are sharing some styling cues such as an illuminated bar on the dashboard. The lighting effects are nice and the cabin looks gorgeous at night. Yellow lighting is on in the city drive mode, and blue lights glow only in the off-road mode.
Tanoak also borrowed center console layout from the Atlas Cross Sport model and the infotainment system too, that seats higher for easier use. The tech features are great and the cabin comes with premium materials, mostly leather. The seats also come with leather, and the cabin can accumulate five passengers.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Engine that produces 276 HP
The similarities between VW Tanoak and Atlas SUV are continuing under the hood, as the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak has a 3.6-liter V6 engine. This unit is capable of producing 276 HP and 266 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, this is the same number that produces Atlas SUV model.
V6 engine comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission which will use Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive setup. With this drivetrain, new Tanoak manages to hit from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.
Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Price and Release Date
At this moment there are no official words about the release. However, we can expect the upcoming Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak to hit the markets over the world later in 2019. Furthermore, even the U.S. market will get its Tanoak. However, many will find this midsize pickup as “not suitable” for the U.S.