If you’re old enough to remember the day when Volkswagen made pickup trucks for America, you might have been wondering why VW hasn’t dipped its toes back in with the segment booming over the past several years. Wonder no more, because the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak posits a world where America once again has a VW pickup.
And it was well worth the wait. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept truck, revealed last month at the New York Auto Show, is an incredibly handsome and future-thinking pickup that would almost certainly attract scores of drivers if it were brought to market.
Of its Atlas Tanoak concept, Volkswagen writes: “Designed as a dual-cab, short-bed truck, the Atlas Tanoak would check in as a mid-size pickup. It’s not just a chopped and stretched Atlas either, but a custom take on the MQB platform. Compared to the 2018 Atlas, at 128.3 inches, its wheelbase is 11 inches longer, with an overall length at 214.1 inches that’s 15.8 inches longer. To improve off-roading, the Atlas Tanoak sits nearly 2 inches higher, with 9.8 inches of ground clearance, riding on 20-inch wheels.”
Perhaps the most notable aspect of the VW Atlas Tanoak concept’s design is its use of LEDs. From the grille-integrated daytime running lamps and illuminated grille and Volkswagen badge to the red LED taillights that run the length of the tailgate, this truck looks utterly unlike anything on the market today. And with a 3.6-liter VR6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 4Motion all-wheel drive, it would likely perform like a beast all its own.
Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed whether the Atlas Tanoak concept will lead to a production model, but if Gossett VW Germantown gets any kind of say, let it be known that we cast a resounding aye vote.