At the 2018 New York International Auto Show Volkswagen introduced the Atlas Tanoak which is its first pickup based on Volkswagen’s MQB or modular transverse matrix architecture. From the feature’s presented, it is clear that this is a not as much a workhorse even though it is a truck but more of a lifestyle-orientated pick-up.
The Tanoak has been designed to offer a range of different engines, including turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol and diesel units as well as the naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 petrol power plant featured in the concept with 276 bhp and 258 lb ft of torque.
The entrance of this car into the market gave the automaker an opportunity to gauge the industry’s response amidst tough competition from brands have long cut a niche in this segment. The Tanoak concept is 214.1 inches, thus qualifying as a large midsize pickup by U.S. standards.
Through an eight-speed torque-converter-equipped automatic gearbox, the transversely mounted engine drives energy to all four wheels. The interior reflects more on the the Atlas SUV, with digital responsive tech and Volkswagen’s latest touchscreen infotainment system.
The Tanoak provides seating for five, although the rear middle seat lacks for legroom due to the transmission tunnel. Volkswagen seems to have deeply thought through this concept.
The Tanoak has the potential and integral qualities to be a contender in the mid-size pick-up market. Since it looks and feels great, we anticipate that though it might take some time to gain ground, it will eventually take off and do remarkably well in the market.
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