Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept

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These numbers so perfectly match the Ridgeline's, in fact, that we're inclined to believe VW has every intention of bringing the Tanoak to market. Like the Atlas mid-size SUV that went on sale a year ago in North America, the Atlas Cross Sport concept is built on VW's MQB platform, but seats five instead of seven, and features a plug-in hybrid powertrain delivering 355 hp (265 kW) and around 26 miles (42 km) of all-electric range. It will join the Atlas and Tiguan in 2019, with VW's SUV lineup to be further bolstered in 2020 with the all-electric I.D. A more mainstream Atlas Cross Sport is seen as a better fit as a sportier two-row SUV for the US than the departed Touareg. The Atlas Cross Sport is created to bridge the gap between those two, providing SUV punters reason not to buy a BMW X4, for example. It's a smaller five-seat version of the seven-seat Atlas, which was one of our favorite cars previous year. "What's more, it would be built in the Chattanooga assembly plant in Tennessee, instead of being imported from elsewhere; the Amarok, for example, is built in Argentina".

Although the Atlas Tanoak is based on the production SUV, the pickup is completely redesigned.

From the side, the C-pillars are more steeply raked, and the overhangs - where the bulk of the length has been lost - are noticeably shorter.

Volkswagen is now presenting - at the New York International Auto Show - two new versions of the Atlas developed for the United States of America: the Atlas Cross Sport1 and the Atlas Tanoak1. On this show vehicle at least, the grille bars also light up and can function as daytime running lights.

At the rear, LED taillights sit above an aluminum accent trim line, while another aluminum trim piece extends across the bumper and continues into exaggerated tailpipe surrounds that mirror the taillights. The navigation system includes a new three-dimensional view in which the user can set up multiple layers with different information in each view.

Although it's based on the Atlas and shares its name, the Tanoak concept has a more rugged appearance both in exterior and interior styling than the brand's three-row family hauler. New distinctive six-sided LED daytime running lights are a prominent feature at the front, too. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is rated at 278 horsepower, which is sent to a 4Motion all-wheel-drive system via the familiar eight-speed gearbox. A compact 18.0-kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the center tunnel supplies energy for the motors and allows for an all-electric range of 26 miles (42 km) in E-Mode - there are also four other driving modes: Hybrid, GTE, Off-Road, and Battery Hold/Battery Charge. VW says the 0-60 miles per hour sprint takes 8.5 seconds.

Volkswagen also says a mild-hybrid version of the powertrain is possible, with the same electric motors and gas engine but a smaller 2.0kWh battery.

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