Watch VW's Livestream Event At The 2018 New York Auto Show

Marsha Scott
March 29, 2018

Want a Volkswagen Atlas but don't need the third-row bench in the back?

Last week, VW announced it plans to invest $340 million to build a new sport utility vehicle in its Tennessee plant as demand surges for larger vehicles.

Volkswagen AG revealed a prototype pickup truck at the NY auto show, a vehicle that is capable of filling a gap in the German company's USA product lineup in what is among the most profitable sectors of the American market. It's more than just a study - just downsize the massive 22-inch wheels, tone down the chrome-rich front end a bit, and this is what the final production version will look like. The pickup concept bears a noticeable resemblance to its three-row Atlas sibling and boasts the model's logo on its rear tailgate. At nearly 191 inches long, over 68 inches tall, and nearly 80 inches wide it's lower but broader than a lot of other vehicles in its segment.

The shorter body sits 190.8 inches long, and 68.3 inches tall. The grille bars are illuminated and serve as LED daytime running lights. In essence, VW's drawn a Range Rover Sport on a more restrained budget. The first screen lies between the steering wheel. It's spun off from the current Atlas V-6, but outfitted for the next era of fuel-economy rules. The gas engine puts out 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. Volkswagen said it doesn't yet have plans to put the concept into production, but is using it to gauge potential consumer interest, given the brand's volume aspirations of reaching 5 percent of the USA light-vehicle market within 10 years.

The 18-kwh battery takes up space in the center tunnel, and supplies 26 miles of all-electric driving range when fully charged. VW has done away with a traditional shifter, replacing it with a smaller selector lever that handles gear changes. As with the plug-in hybrid powertrain, kinetic energy generated during braking and extended periods of coasting are recuperated and stowed in the battery.

The Atlas Tanoak is derived from VW's Atlas SUV albeit with a pickup bed fender flares and higher ground clearance among other changes
The Atlas Tanoak is derived from VW's Atlas SUV albeit with a pickup bed fender flares and higher ground clearance among other changes

In GTE mode, the emphasis is on performance whereby the V6 and electric motors are both called upon to deliver the maximum system output.

The Atlas Cross Sport PHEV concept can be driven in any of five modes: "E-Mode",'Hybrid",'GTE, ' "Off-road" or "Battery Hold / Battery Charge'.

There is 12.3-inch Digital Cockpit which is housed in the Cross Sport's cockpit.

The solution to any sales target is, increasingly, more SUVs and more pickups.

As well as previewing the appearance of the upcoming production version of the Atlas Cross Sport, the concept on show in NY also serves to showcase a new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain being developed by Volkswagen as an option to the existing gasoline engines offered in the Atlas SUV.

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