2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak First Impressions

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Not so long ago, the German manufacturer introduced a concept of a pickup truck that will try to conquer the United States. New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is in the works and this model should arrive later this year. It is an SUV-based pickup that will share a lot of components with the Atlas SUV and the Tanoak concept.

There is still a lot of skepticism about this model but there is no reason for that. Tanoak will represent a true refreshment and it will rival established models such as Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. New Atlas SUV will look brand-new but we don’t know how much will this model depart from its original concept. Moreover, Atlas SUV will gain further upgrades that will become available on the pickup truck as well.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak side

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Will Borrow Many Cues From the Atlas SUV

New 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will combine designs of the Atlas SUV and the Tanoak Concept. The final result is a very modern and unique pickup truck. The German manufacturer will opt for a very modern appearance. On the other hand, appearance is far from futuristic, take Tesla Cybertruck as an example.

Atlas Tanoak is a unibody pickup truck so the rumors about body-on-frame structure were obviously false. Thanks to its unibody architecture, Atlas Tanoak will be very similar to the Honda Ridgeline pickup. Moreover, Atlas SUV will get further refreshments. The same exterior features will be present of the Atlas pickup.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak interior

Cabin Design

The approaching 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will arrive with a modern and simple interior. The cabin provides a high level of comfort and you can expect a long list of standard equipment. Of course, trim levels will determine the level of luxury on the inside. Moreover, Volkswagen will provide a generous interior room and that includes both headroom and legroom.

We are waiting for the German manufacturer to release Atlas’ cab configurations. As for the cabin design, the dash is almost the same as in the Atlas SUV model. Moreover, the shapes of the air vents and buttons are replicated as well. On the other hand, some cues are clearly taken from the Tanoak Concept. Generally, the cabin will look upright, especially the upper trim levels.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Powertrain

As for the engine options, the pickup version will borrow one from its SUV sibling. The new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will deploy a 3.6-liter V6. This engine is producing 275 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With these figures, Atlas Tanoak is in line with rivals such as Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma or Chevy Colorado.

Another possible engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four with 235 hp and 248 lb-ft of twisting power. Diesel is another rumor but it is a very unlikely outcome for the U.S. version. So far, Chevy Colorado is the only pickup in the segment that still offers a diesel powertrain.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak rear

Price and Release Date

The price of the new 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will start at around $30,000. However, the German automaker is yet to release exact details about trim levels, cab configurations, engine specs and more. According to various reliable reports, this pickup will hit the dealerships in the last quarter of 2020.

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