Volkswagen shocked us all this week when it unveiled a new mid-size pickup concept at the New York International Auto Show. The Tanoak is based on VW’s MQB or modular transverse matrix architecture and shares much in common with the Atlas SUV. Tanoak is two inches taller, 15.8 inches longer overall, and has a wheelbase that is 11 inches longer than Atlas. Drivetrain is a 3.6L V-6 that produces 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed transmission backs the V-6 engine and power is transferred to all four corners through a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system with Active Control. VW claims Tanoak will power from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 8.5 seconds, which is respectable but not earth shattering.
Although the Tanoak is based on the Atlas SUV the similarities end at the B-pillar. The rear doors are blended into the body and hinged at the C-pillar. The rear of Tanoak is anchored by its low-hinged tailgate, that when opened extends the 64.1-inch cargo bed is lengthened by 26.1 to an effective length of 90.2 inches. Lighting is all LED and body accents are all reflective of the exuberant concept that it is.
We love the idea of a Volkswagen Atlas based pickup. Even thought it’s just a concept we love the styling and list of available features. Hopefully this is a vision of what’s soon to come, and not just a fun exorcise for the auto show circuit.
- Trucks-365 Staff