Along with the Atlas Cross Sport concept, Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Tanoak at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
The Tanoak is an all-wheel-drive pickup concept based on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform for the first time. The pickup is named after a species of tree that is home to the Pacific Coast and grows up to 45 meters in height.
At a length of 5,438 mm, the Tanoak is considered a mid-size pickup in the United States. The concept car measures 2,030 mm wide and 1,844 mm tall.
Behind the five-seater dual cab is a cargo box measuring 1,627 mm in length, 1,450 in width and 530 mm in height. The cargo box has been designed to transport bikes, boards and smaller boats.
There is a newly developed cargo bracket on the cargo bed, which can be released from its parked position near the rear window of the dual cab and be moved to the sidewalls of the cargo box. This produces a carrier system that can be used to transport canoes, for example, by easily and securely fastening them to fixed mounting points at the cargo bracket and on the roof of the Tanoak, VW said.
Propulsive power for the pickup comes from the same 3.6L V6 FSI engine with an output of 206 kW (280 metric hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of maximum torque. Transmission is an 8-speed automatic sending power to all four wheels via 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.