VW reveals concept of new 5-seat SUV in NY

NYIAS 2018 – Volkswagen Reveals Atlas Cross Sport Concept

This mysterious midsize, five-passenger SUV will be built alongside the Atlas on the MQB platform at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee, and styling-wise, the vehicle looks an bad lot like-ahem-the new Touareg.

The thesis of the Volkswagen Atlas SUV was to build a vehicle tailored to American tastes.

Named after a tree native to the Pacific Coast in the US the concept measures in at 5,438mm long - that's over 400mm longer than the seven-seat Atlas.

It's not Volkswagen's first pickup, though, with the first-generation Touareg originally previewed in 2000 with the Advanced Activity Vehicle concept.

Volkswagen is considering a jump into the midsize pickup segment with a US -made truck that could be built in Tennessee, sources familiar with the matter told Automotive News.

But there's a big bed in the back, and almost ten inches of ground clearance underneath.

VW's surprise for the New York Auto Show was none other than the Atlas Tanoak Pickup truck concept. It's also got taller suspension emphasized by 20-inch wheels wrapped in off-road tires.

More news: Slidell singer had to teach Katy Perry how to pronounce 'étouffée'

Created to be an affordable alternative to rivals such as the BMW X6, the Atlas Cross Sport should live up to its sporty credentials if it eventually arrives with the same powerplant as the concept. On this show vehicle at least, the grille bars also light up and can function as daytime running lights.

The Tanoak appears to be targeting the heart of the pickup market, with a dual-cab, short-bed configuration.

A horizontal theme also dominates the interior design, as it does in the three-row Atlas, and is punctuated with aluminum trim running across the width of the interior. Pinstripe LED lighting runs the shoulder-line of the cabin, changing between blue and yellow depending on which drive mode you're in.

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.

The centre console features a newly designed shifter grip for the eight-speed automatic gearbox while the Active Control modes can be selected via a metallic slider and has been created to be used even when the driver is wearing work gloves.

But the big reason VW can't just ship the Amarok here is that pesky Chicken Tax, which greatly favors domestically produced trucks. That vehicle is a smaller version of the Atlas SUV, which was introduced last year for the 2018 model year.

The Atlas Cross Sport has a more streamlined profile than the Atlas, is 7.5 inches shorter, and features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain that can produce 355 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Indeed, VW suggests you'd only see around 26 miles of EV range, and that's with only the rear axle motor in play.

Related News:

  • Nvidia develops virtual testing platform for self-driving cars

    Nvidia develops virtual testing platform for self-driving cars

    The promise is to move self-driving auto testing off the public roads and into data centers before the technology is proven out. DRIVE Constellation for virtually testing and validating will bring us a step closer to the production of self-driving cars".
    Jeff Capel named Pittsburgh basketball's new head coach

    Jeff Capel named Pittsburgh basketball's new head coach

    Maria Taylor, ESPN college basketball reporter, tweeted: "It's a done deal". Stallings went 24-41 and finished this season winless in conference play.
    Afghanistan Wins Cricket World Cup Qualifying Tournament

    Afghanistan Wins Cricket World Cup Qualifying Tournament

    We have the highest respect for them, but at the same time, we will not be overawed by them and will try to win tomorrow. Chris Gayle got both Shahzad and Rahmat but Samiullah Shenwari (20*) and Mohammad Nabi (27*) eased them over the line.
  • Now Trump Wants the US Military to Pay for the Wall

    Now Trump Wants the US Military to Pay for the Wall

    President Trump frequently said Mexico would pay for a wall along the southern border as he sought the presidency in 2016. President Donald Trump's migration policies on the Mexican side of the U.S. -Mexico border in Tijuana.
    Current, former National Football League  players react to Odell Beckham trade rumors

    Current, former National Football League players react to Odell Beckham trade rumors

    Listen, we're all human beings, and sometimes as hard as we try to put things in boxes, you can't always do it. We want guys that understand the importance of relationships, which means they want to be coached.
    European Countries Expel 45 Russian Diplomats

    European Countries Expel 45 Russian Diplomats

    May said the coordinated measures sent the "strongest signal to Russian Federation that it can not continue to flout global law". Russia's Embassy in Washington responded to the Seattle consulate closure by asking its Twitter followers to "vote" which U.S.
  • Cummings calls for hearings on citizenship census question

    Cummings calls for hearings on citizenship census question

    "Between 1820 and 1950, nearly every decennial census asked a question on citizenship in some form", the statement read. We have no idea how the untested insertion of a citizenship question will affect public cooperation.
    Here come the Chrome OS-powered tablets

    Here come the Chrome OS-powered tablets

    To give students additional ways to interact with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 , the device comes standard with a Wacom EMR stylus. Google rolled out the first official Android tablets in 2011, and consumers seemed at least somewhat interested for a few years.
    USApple

    USApple "extremely disappointed" over proposed Chinese import tariffs

    It also said that Beijing did not want a trade war with Washington D.C., but at the same time, was not afraid of a trade war. The newspaper reported that Mnuchin was considering a visit to Beijing to pursue negotiations.
  • Oil Falls After API Reports Major Surprise Crude Inventory Build

    Oil Falls After API Reports Major Surprise Crude Inventory Build

    By 11:14 a.m. (0314 GMT), 3,599 lots of the most-active June contract had traded, equivalent to 3.6 million barrels of crude. The contract for delivery in September opened about 6 per cent higher at 440.20 yuan (US$69.70) a barrel at 9:01am.
    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hospitalized with 'high fever'

    Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hospitalized with 'high fever'

    Israeli police have already recommended indicting Netanyahu for bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two separate cases. Reports indicate that Netanyahu did not require an ambulance and was transported to the hospital in his normal vehicle.
    First non-stop Australia - UK flight arrives in London

    First non-stop Australia - UK flight arrives in London

    The inaugural flight carried more than 200 passengers and 16 crew members, and took around 17 hours and 20 minutes to complete. Passengers on this route have the chance to experience Qantas' new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, delivered to the airline recently.


Most liked

SoftBank, Saudi Arabia announce massive US$200B solar power project
It is also expected to save the kingdom $40 billion by obviating the need to burn domestically produced oil to generate power. The solar park has to reach its maximum capacity by 2030 and may cost almost 1 billion Dollars per gigawatt.

Remains of missing Hollywood actress believed to have been found
On March 22, San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies found Spotz in his auto in the area of the 10 and 15 Freeways. She came from Macedonia and had been in Los Angeles less than two years, according to her friends.

Relative Says Sharp Family Killed by Gas Leak from Appliance
A firefighter examines a gas stove in the rented condo where an Iowa couple and their two children died in Tulum, Mexico. . The prosecutor also told reporters that "a high level" of gas was found inside the rented condo.

Top US gunmaker Remington files for bankruptcy
A survivor of that shooting, plus several relatives of victims, sued the company, but the lawsuit was dismissed by a CT judge. All of this said, firearm background checks, a loose proxy for gun sales, have remained relatively stable in recent months.

The Actress Who Bit Beyonce!
While Tiffany didn't see the weird deed go down, Beyoncé did admit to her someone actually bit her. Foster denied it was her on social media: "I wish I could get close enough to Beyoncé to bite her".

LiAngelo Ball reportedly decides to enter NBA draft
The best possible outcome for the Ball family is for LiAngelo to sign a G League contract with a team that wants the publicity. Another brother from the infamous Ball family is apparently ready to try his hand at the National Basketball Association .

Here's Nottingham's weather forecast until the Easter weekend
Wednesday we will have a wind SW 10-15 miles per hour , that's going to boost temperature into the lower and middle 50s. Clouds will increase Thursday night and there will be a chance for showers and a few thunderstorms Friday .

Cynthia Nixon compares Cuomo to Trump
Catholics basically believe the same teachings that Baptists believe. "We just do it without the rhythm". Cuomo spokesperson Dani Lever defended the governor by claiming that he was making fun of himself.

Kansas girl at center of 1954 school segregation ruling dies
His family released a statement in the early hours of Wednesday, March 14, confirming his death at his home in Cambridge. On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregation was unconstitutional.

Calls For Gun Control Extend Beyond Classrooms In Baltimore
Actor George Clooney and his human rights attorney wife, Amal, donated $500,000 and said they would be at the Washington rally. People also gathered outside city hall in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival a year ago .

Messi: I have no problem with Dybala
The match will be played in the Wanda Metropolitan Stadium of Madrid, where famous Atletico de Madrid plays as host team. We never, at any point, think about risking him".

Texas Tech meets Villanova for spot in Final Four
Villanova is looking to get back to the national semifinals for the first time since 2016 when it won the national championship. They rammed home six dunks against Purdue on Friday and have a 12-2 edge in dunks against opponents during the tournament.

Everton's Jordan Pickford surely England's No 1 going to the World Cup
England boss Gareth Southgate has praised goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his performance against the Netherlands . This was England's first win in Amsterdam since 1969.

PUBG's third map will be playable in early April
With millions and millions of installs and players, even the release of Fortnite's own Battle Royale mode hasn't dampened it much. Fortnite is destroying schools largely due to the fact that it's now pretty easy to access online entertainment.

Bubba Watson routs Kevin Kisner to win WGC-Dell Match Play
But despite not feeling 100 percent early on, Thomas has been nothing short of stellar this week at Austin Country Club. Kisner crushed Englishman Ian Poulter 8 and 6, one of the most one-sided results the tournament's history has seen.