NY Auto Show: Volkswagen Tests Pickup Truck Waters with Atlas Tanoak

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According to Automotive News Europe, the new truck will be unveiled this week and that it is a truck based on the Atlas SUV model.

Having said that, Steffen Knapp has also promised us new age after-sales service support with the introduction of a website in near future. The Atlas Tanoak concept also rides higher than the Atlas SUV with 9.8 inches of ground clearance and inside there's room for five.

Both Atlas SUVs derive from a family of VW front-wheel-drive, transverse-engined vehicles collectively dubbed MQB.

The concept five-seater was shown with a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with 355 horsepower and an anticipated 26 miles of all-electric range. It measures 214.1 inches in length, making it roughly 3.0 inches longer than the recently revealed Ford Ranger and nearly 16 inches longer than the Atlas, so it's definitely big for a mid-size truck. The exterior is marked at the front by a two-bar grille instead of the three bars on the seven-passenger Atlas.

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The Sport Cross will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will combine a 272bhp 3.6-litre V6, which can generate up to 360Nm of torque, with two electric motors. The gasoline (petrol) engine and front electric motor provide drive to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the rear electric motor powers the rear wheels, endowing the new Volkswagen models with four-wheel drive capability.

The Chicken Tax is still in effect, of course, so it would take a North American Free Trade Agreement assembly plant, or a few exemptions such as Australia, to build the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak, which made its debut in concept form at the New York International Auto Show Wednesday.

The spacious interior of the Atlas Tanoak Concept caters to both traditional truck customers and a more tech-savvy audience. The Tanoak shares its wheelbase with the Atlas (128.3 inches) and stretches to 214.1 overall.

Behind the DSG shift lever is the 4MOTION Active Control that offers "On-road, ' "Off-road, ' "Sport" and "Snow" driving profiles". Turns out Volkswagen thinks otherwise, because at this year's New York Auto Show, which opens its doors to the public this Friday, the carmaker plans on unveiling yet another one. Sadly, we won't be getting that one, because we have the built-in-the-USA Atlas.

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Automakers sold 452,335 midsize pickups in the USA last year, a 1 percent increase compared with 2016.

And it would seemingly fit into the German automaker's strategy, shown by the arrival of the Atlas which was very specifically designed with the American market as its top priority.

"We want to be a relevant player in this industry".

The question, coming out of Wednesday's debut of the Tanoak is whether it's meant to be more than a mission statement and tease a product actually under development. "With only one vehicle you are missing opportunities", he said.

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