VW Says A Production Version Of The Atlas Tanoak Concept “May Be On The Cards”

Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Tanoak concept at the New York Auto Show and now the company has provided the strongest hints yet that it could be going into production.

As part of the announcement that the Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas Tanoak concepts will be shown during Monterey Car Week, Volkswagen noted the event is where “manufacturers showcase what will and may become a reality.”

Volkswagen went on to say a production version of the Atlas Tanoak concept “may be on the cards” and specifically noted a production model would be “launched in Northern America’s vehicle class with the highest volumes.” That’s not exactly a confirmation, but it’s a pretty strong indicator that Volkswagen is seriously considering a production version of the pickup and might have determined there is enough demand to give it the green-light.

The fact that Volkswagen is openly suggesting the model could go into production is a stark change from earlier this year when the company said “there are currently no production plans.”  That sentiment seems to have changed since the concept’s unveiling and Volkswagen of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken has suggested the company was trying to determine if there was enough demand to bring it to market.

While it remains unclear if Volkswagen will actually give the model the go ahead, the concept was based on the MQB platform and featured a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produced 276 hp (205 kW / 280 PS) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque. It was connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system which enabled the truck to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 8.5 seconds.

The Atlas Cross Sport concept, on the other hand, previews a production model that is “scheduled to launch as early as 2019.” It will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee alongside the standard Atlas and offer seating for up to five people.

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  • Хиллари сосет киску

    The bed is certainly tight, but it’s not entirely ugly.

  • SkyBill40

    Not bad looking. A Honda Ridgeline competitor, perhaps?

  • Bash

    I think if it looks just like that. And with that interior. It will have an excellent chance.

  • charlie bear

    Please VW, do it.

  • Six_Tymes

    Following Hyundai design language.

    And what is that a remove-able rear bed on the truck? so they can save money when they graft on an enclosure when they want to make an suv out of it? LOL!

    • Matt

      They don’t need to turn it into an SUV, it’s already based on the Atlas.

  • MJ Coffey

    What a really nice looking Truck that is! VW needs to build it. If they do, I’ll be their first customer!

  • OdysseyTag

    As interesting as the prospect of the Tanoak is, I’m also just as interested to see the Altas Cross Sport in production form. Quite an attractive duo.

  • Paul

    If they do it I hope it stays as true to form as possible because it does really look promising.

  • MarkoS

    If VW can save most of the design features and stance for production I think this could do well. My main problem with the Ridgeline is not that it is a unibody, its that it looks like a mini-van and the bed is also oddly shallow. The Atlas isn’t a bad looker to begin with so we are off to a good start. I would like to see these things (mid-sized trucks too) designed with a standard 6ft bed from the get go, think mountain bikes contained in or above the bed with the tail gate closed and lets see some innovative carriers while were at it.

  • botornot387

    Do it! More competition is always good for the consumer. And this actually looks good.

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