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Volkswagen reveals first images of Atlas Cross Sport SUV concept

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Pete Mitchell | 29 March, 2018, 02:14

Volkswagen started with the Atlas 7-seat SUV and its underlying MQB platform, then injected 16 inches of extra length.

At 214.1 inches long, 15.8 inches longer than the Atlas, the Atlas Tanoak concept is a large midsize pickup.

The VW Tanoak-yeah, this is a typically inscrutable Volkswagen name, though with an American connection- is based on the Atlas three-row sport/utility vehicle.

Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport SUV concept on Tuesday. At the back, there's a 64-inch long bed, while the cabin has room for five.

The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept made its world debut at the New York International Auto Show.

It looks beefier than the Atlas from the side, with the wheel arches scoring more cladding for greater muscle, swallowing the 20-inch wheels and 275/55 tyres easily.

The exterior includes a two-bar grille at the front that are illuminated in white and operates as LED daytime running lights, according to the company. The cab and bed are painted in Red Earth. In contrast, the Atlas Tanoak is a more car-like unibody design.

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Moving inside, the concept's layout is almost identical to that of the seven-seat Atlas, but there are more gizmos here to befit its status as a show vehicle. Pinstripe LED lighting runs the shoulder-line of the cabin, changing between blue and yellow depending on which drive mode you're in.

The VW Atlas Tanoak concept is powered by the automaker's venerable 3.6-liter V-6, rated 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Moving inside, a 10.1-in touchscreen with proximity sensors and gesture control provides access to all infotainment functions for both driver and front passenger, while the 12.3-in Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with 1,440 x 540 pixel resolution lets the driver control and view driving mode and navigation information.

As far as controlling the automatic, "it was intentionally created to be very sturdy, so that it can be operated every day by people who are used to driving a pickup, even while wearing work gloves", Volkswagen noted in a release. Meanwhile, the interior caters to the fans of technology and luxury that enjoy the feeling of being pampered after a long day of experiencing the many splendors of the American outdoors.

Our biggest frustration, of course, is that VW is insisting that right now it has no production plans for the truck.

In this case, as the name implies, that means the same architecture as the three-row Atlas SUV Volkswagen launched barely a year ago - and the two row Sport Cross Concept debuting in NY that will return in production form in 2019, part of what Volkswagen Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken refers to as the new "Atlas family". It might seem hard to believe, once you see the Tanoak, but it shares the same underlying architecture as such VW classics as the Golf and Jetta, never mind the bigger Passat.

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