The transversely mounted engine transmits its drive to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and provides both high and low-range transmissions via an Active Control function.
The performance figures were not confirmed for the concept, but Volkswagen suggests the Tanoak reach 0-60mph in 8.5sec, with a limited top speed of 118mph.
A claimed payload of 750kg – which could rise to 1050kg with a reinforced rear axle – would put the Tanoak at the top of its class in terms of carrying capacity.
At 5438mm long, 2030mm wide and 1844mm high, the Atlas Tanoak is 184mm longer, 86mm wider and 10mm lower than the Amarok. The Tanoak has a wheelbase of 3260mm, compared to 3095mm for the Amarok. The four-door double cabin of the Tanoak is combined with a 1
Driving the Atlas Tanoak Concept
Unlike many individual concepts, it is clear that the Tanoak has a real production relevance. The thoroughness and detail of the exterior design, the impressive interior and the convincing features of the mechanical package make it clear that Volkswagen takes the new take very seriously. It already feels showroom-ready – and it's an inviting machine to spend time as the Amarok.
While the leather seat Tanoak's driver's seat is high, with a commanding view of the street, you feel sitting in it and not on it. The raised shoulder line provides a pleasantly encapsulated feel, yet there's plenty of visibility on every corner for confidence when driving.
The interior is based on the Atlas SUV, which includes not only digital instruments but also Volkswagen's latest touchscreen infotainment system. The Tanoak offers seating for five people, although the rear center seat offers no legroom due to the transmission tunnel. But it fits the Tacoma and Ranger for versatility and ease of use.
Volkswagen says a decision on whether to produce the Tanoak is yet to be made, but on the public road it is clear that a good deal of engineering has gone into the concept, and all the important elements appear in place and Location.
The V6 engine upgraded the pickup to a limited 30mph with the kind of rich smoothness you would expect from a production model. We do not go faster over the remaining three kilometers, but that was enough to get a good feel for the onroad character of the Tanoak.
The ride is solid, but with the same amount of travel as the Atlas and on 20-inch wheels, it crosses bumps on the road without the bone-breaking features of many concepts.
The Tanoak grips and corners are good, though we barely touched its dynamic ability at limited speed.
Will Volkswagen bring the Atlas Tanoak into production?
It is clear that the Tanoak has the potential and integral qualities to be a contender on the mid-size pick-up market: it feels remarkably mature and assorted.
There is still a lot to do before the Tanoak goes into production. The main decision in determining the business case for the pick-up is whether to stick to the monocoque construction of the concept. That gives him rigidity and refinement, but using a sturdier ladder frame chassis, as its main rivals do, would provide a larger carrying and towing capacity.
However, if one can make a business case to bring the Atlas Tanoak into production, initial signs indicate that it could be a success.
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