2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is the new SUV-based pickup truck

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is a mid-size pickup truck that comes with great expectations. Since the concept introduction at the 2018 New York Auto Show, many car experts gave positive marks and ratings. The Atlas Tanoak will see its release in the first half of 2020 and will offer stylish exterior design and modern interior.

Based on the Atlas SUV model, this pickup carries the name “Tanoak” which is the name of the tree species. Moreover, Atlas Tanoak is the largest model that will ride on a famous MQB platform.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak side

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak exterior design and dimension

The upcoming 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is officially confirmed, however, VW is quiet for now and all we have at this moment is the concept. According to the concept, this pickup truck is 214.1 inches long.

That means the truck is 115.8 inches longer than the SUV model. Moreover, 4 inches longer than the Honda Ridgeline, Tanoak is 80.0 inches wide and 72.6 inches tall. With that in mind, the 2020 Atlas Tanoak is the largest vehicle ever that will ride on the MQB platform.

The exterior looks versatile and stylish. The concept showed us a crew cab body style with a shorter bed. For now, we don’t know which body styles will make the offer. Plenty of styling cues are taken from the Atlas SUV model which makes perfect sense. Up front, wider taillights and modern front fascia are looking good. To the side, 20-inch aluminum wheels are standard. The rear section provides the first-class look with animated taillights and LED strips.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak interior

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak interior will get an awesome ambient lighting

The interior department is the biggest mystery for now. Having in mind that the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak is based on the Atlas SUV we could expect the same interior. Plenty of illuminated stuff and awesome ambient lighting will make a production for sure. That lighting will come in yellow and blue colors, depending on which driving mode you are driving.

The layout of the controls is perfect and the infotainment system is easy to operate with. Generally, a futuristic interior with plenty of modern features could make this pickup truck one of the best one models in the last decade.

High-quality materials will be optional, which means you’ll have to pay for leather upholstery. The interior can accommodate up to five passengers and thanks to its large dimensions, Tanoak will deliver ample legroom.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak rear

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak engine and acceleration

Just like the most of the vehicle, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will run on the same engine as its SUV sibling. A 3.6-liter V6 unit is the only drivetrain choice and it can produce up to 276 HP and 266 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is available and all-wheel-drive configuration is optional.

Volkswagen’s famous 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will send the power to all four wheels. As this is a midsize pickup truck, we expect plenty of off-road system and modes.

Accommodating to the various weather and road conditions is a must, so we wait for the low-range gear reductions and similar stuff. Moreover, several driving modes for sand, snow, rain or even rocks should make the production too. With this unit, the 2020 Atlas Tanoak will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak view

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak price and release date

Another huge mystery is the price of the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak. This mid-size pickup truck will go on sale in the first half of 2020 and even the U.S. markets will get its Tanoak model.

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