A recent VW press release about the 2018 Monterey Car Week drops several hints a production possibility of a midsize VW Atlas Tanoak pickup truck. Here is one line from the press release as reported by Autoblog.com, “The Atlas Tanoak would be launched in Northern America’s vehicle class with the highest volumes.”
The Atlas Tanoak concept truck was first unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show. It is based on the VW Atlas SUV chassis, but it rides on a longer wheelbase to accomodate a truck bed in the back. Under the hood of the concept is a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine.
The Tanoak concept had several unique features like the sliding bed/rack system, and a cargo passthrough from the bed and into the crew cab cabin.
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Op/Ed: The Atlas Tanoak can be successful in a growing U.S.A midsize truck segment if it brings something more than a cargo passthrough and a sliding bed rack. If it can retain the concept truck looks, but offer something unique – such as a plug-in hybrid drivetrain for class-leading fuel efficiency or another class-leading attribute (payload, towing, or affordable starting price).
Here is a first look at the Atlas Tanoak from concept from the 2018 New York Auto Show.