New York 2018: Volkswagen converts the Atlas into a pickup truck

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Volkswagen reveals Atlas Tanoak pickup truck concept in the Big Apple

Currently, the only pick-up truck offered by Volkswagen is the Amarok, which has been in the market for quite some time now. That said, the Amarok is still not offered in various markets, one of them being the United States. Now however, a VW pickup has finally arrived in US soil in the form of the Atlas Tanoak concept.

Design-wise, it appears as though Volkswagen has simply turned the Atlas crossover into a pick up truck albeit with some futuristic concept cues such as the illuminated grill and large wheels. Unlike the Atlas however, the Tanaok concept does have a more rugged appearance.

It sports blackened fender extensions, chunkier fenders, and a very prominent front bumper with the word Atlas embossed on it. At the rear there is a large bed rather than a second and third row seats. It also sports new vertical taillights which are connected by an LED strip at both the top and rear.

Underneath it all however, the Atlas Tanoak rides on Volkswagen's MQB modular platform that is also used on other models such as the Polo and the Atlas.

Open the hood, and you'll find a 3.6-liter V6 which delivers 276 PS and 361 Nm of torque, similar to that on the current generation Atlas. Volkswagen did not mention a top speed, but claims the pickup can go from 0-97km/h in 8.5 seconds. Power is then sent to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Various modes are available for it to handle the rough terrain.

Inside, the cabin has also been modified to distinguish it from a standard Atlas. There are new selector knobs together with a new shifter. An LED light also runs through the center of the dashboard, all the way to the door siding.

At the moment, Volkswagen has no plans of producing the Atlas Tanoak concept. The brand says the concept was built to gauge interest of buyers, as pickup trucks play a large part in the US market.

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