Volkswagen Teases Return of Pickups with Atlas Tanoak Concept

Pickup trucks are all the rage these days, but it’s been quite some time since Volkswagen has offered on in the United States. The Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Concept suggests that this may one day no longer be the case, teasing a dual-cab, short-bed pickup truck that is exceptionally stylish and keeping with VW’s unique flair for the dramatic.

Atlas Tanoak Concept - Gossett VW Germantown - Memphis, TN

The Atlas Tanoak Concept, which debuted earlier this year in New York, is powered by a burly 276-horsepower FSI® gasoline engine and rides on 4MOTION® all-wheel drive. It’s underpinned by VW’s versatile MQB architecture, showing off what the platform that supports the Atlas can do when put to the test.

With nearly 2 inches of additional ground clearance, a 214.1-inch length, and 128.3-inch wheelbase, the Atlas Tanoak is quite different in proportion from the Atlas SUV. It’s also utterly unlike any other truck on the market in terms of its look—specifically, it’s notable for its LED headlights and integrated LED-lit grille, as well as its tailgate-encompassing LED taillamps. Finishing off the Atlas Tanoak Concept’s handsome presentation is a smart Red Earth exterior hue.

Volkswagen is staying mum as to whether the Atlas Tanoak Concept will inspire a production version down the line. If we had our way, that bad boy would be at Gossett VW Germantown tomorrow, so here’s hoping VW makes it happen!

We Absolutely Need the Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup

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.

Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak Pickup - Gossett VW Germantown

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.”

Yes. Please.

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.