If you’re old enough to remember the day when Volkswagen made pickup trucks for America, you might have been wondering why VW hasn’t dipped its toes back in with the segment booming over the past several years. Wonder no more, because the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak posits a world where America once again has a VW pickup.
And it was well worth the wait. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept truck, revealed last month at the New York Auto Show, is an incredibly handsome and future-thinking pickup that would almost certainly attract scores of drivers if it were brought to market.
Of its Atlas Tanoak concept, Volkswagen writes: “Designed as a dual-cab, short-bed truck, the Atlas Tanoak would check in as a mid-size pickup. It’s not just a chopped and stretched Atlas either, but a custom take on the MQB platform. Compared to the 2018 Atlas, at 128.3 inches, its wheelbase is 11 inches longer, with an overall length at 214.1 inches that’s 15.8 inches longer. To improve off-roading, the Atlas Tanoak sits nearly 2 inches higher, with 9.8 inches of ground clearance, riding on 20-inch wheels.”
Perhaps the most notable aspect of the VW Atlas Tanoak concept’s design is its use of LEDs. From the grille-integrated daytime running lamps and illuminated grille and Volkswagen badge to the red LED taillights that run the length of the tailgate, this truck looks utterly unlike anything on the market today. And with a 3.6-liter VR6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 4Motion all-wheel drive, it would likely perform like a beast all its own.
Volkswagen hasn’t confirmed whether the Atlas Tanoak concept will lead to a production model, but if Gossett VW Germantown gets any kind of say, let it be known that we cast a resounding aye vote.
Automakers are continuing to look alternative energies to power the next generation of cars. Volkswagen is leading the charge with its latest batch of electric vehicle concepts, consisting of the Volkswagen I.D., I.D. Crozz, and I.D. Buzz. With these, the German automaker is moving to make electric vehicles more accessible.
The future of the automotive industry is something we here at Gossett VW Germantown are excited for, and it all starts with the Volkswagen I.D. With an anticipated range of 370 miles per charge, the streamlined cockpit features a fully-automatic driving mode complete with a retractable steering wheel.
Volkswagen I.D. Crozz
Expected to hit dealerships in 2020, the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz will offer a top speed of more than 110 mph. It will also be capable of reaching 80% battery power after just half an hour on a charger.
Sleek lines and a futuristic design set the Volkswagen I.D. Crozz apart from competitors. With a goal of bringing an augmented-reality heads-up display and autonomous driving to the road, this electric vehicle concept is looking forward to a bright future.
Volkswagen I.D. Buzz
The iconic Volkswagen Bus will soon be back with a futuristic design. The Volkswagen I.D. Buzz will feature an electric motor that delivers a thrilling 369 hp. A spacious cabin and autonomous driving technology makes this upcoming model one to look forward to.
Of course, these vehicles are just concepts, but we hope that Volkswagen comes out with production versions as soon as possible.
Most drivers tend to love the incredibly expensive, insanely powerful, sleekly designed supercars, but what if we told you that a VW Golf could outrun them? If you’ve already laughed at the mere thought of that happening, we have a video that you need to watch. YouTuber Gumbal took a standard Golf and switched out the engine to create the ultimate VW Golf drag car.
The VW Golf drag car had its standard four-cylinder engine switched out for a 2.9-liter turbocharged VR6 that pumps out a whopping 600 hp. All that power is sent directly through the front wheels.
In the video, the VW Golf takes on a Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG. In the first quarter-mile drag race, the Golf posts a time of 12.3 seconds compared to theML63 AMG’s 13.63 seconds.
Throughout the four minute video, the Golf outruns all of its competitors, including an Audi R8 with a massive V10 engine under its hood.
Toward the end of the video, the VW Golf drag car takes on a Dodge Challenger SRT, a more affordable model for most drivers. The old Golf easily outpaces the muscle car without breaking a sweat.
A new Volkswagen concept SUV will debut at the Beijing Auto Show taking place in China. This mysterious model, designed to compete with premium SUVs in the segment, is most likely the new version of the Touareg. Not many details have been released yet, but the concept SUV will be a plug-in hybrid with an output of 376 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It can go from zero to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds and has a maximum speed of 139 mph.
The new Touareg will also have an all-electric range of 31 miles, making it a leader in the PHEV segment and qualifying it for China’s New Energy Vehicle incentive program. The interior is said to be spacious and lounge-like, with a digitalized dashboard and the latest technologies that will let it compete in the premium segment.
The Touareg will probably debut sometime in the 2018 model year. Volkswagen also hinted that it will also introduce a mid-size coupe at the Beijing Auto Show.
The Volkswagen T-Cross concept debuted recently at the Geneva Auto Show. The T-Cross is a truly unique-looking vehicle. After all, it’s a convertible, subcompact crossover. How cool is that?
The efficiency of the T-Cross concept makes it even cooler. Its 1.0-liter gas engine will get you 47 mpg. Considering the size of its 10.6-gallon tank, that means a 500-mile range.
Volkswagen is also doing some interesting things with the interior of the T-Cross. There are very few physical controls. This gives the cockpit an alluringly “un-busy” look. Controls inevitably demand your attention, so by VW digitizing almost everything, it keeps the controls out of sight so you focus on enjoying the drive.
Switzerland may be a historically neutral country but Volkswagen sure made it hard to straddle the fence when it comes to this concept. You can’t help but be on its side. There’s just too much to love! And it looks like this is a concept that may actually go into production.