2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup will be the famed German automaker’s latest attempt at tackling the unibody pickup truck market. It is the largest SUV in Wolfsburg’s lineup, much bigger than same segment mid-sized Touareg, which eventually plays more on the luxury card. Volkswagen might be considering introducing a unibody pickup based on the atlas three row crossover. This truck would be part of Volkswagen’s efforts to expand it’s product lineup in the U.S. and China market. There are high chances that it could be the main competitor to Honda Ridgeline, so we expect similarities with that model.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup Exterior and Interior Design
Unibody design of the 2019 VW Atlas Pickup includes the famous details usually found on Volkswagen cars. The Atlas Pickup will use very similar styling as it’s counterpart Atlas Suv from the C-pillar forward. The Atlas strong fenders and character lines will return blending nicely into the cargo bed. Looking from the front end there is massive two-bar grille with large LED front lights. Thin mesh air intake and perfectly shaped fog lights incorporated in plastic protection on the bottom. Changes in design will be noticeable in slightly different lower bumper. The rear end has soft edges with modernly designed lights and the whole car includes unibody design, expected on this vehicle. Those familiar with the Ridgeline will know its first generation model didn’t have this visual break.
The interior of the Volkswagen Atlas Pickup will be similar or maybe even as in the Atlas SUV. In that case, will come with a rather swanky cabin that features a clean, modern, if not minimalistic design. The space between the cab and bed will be a visual add-on only. A robust freight divider attached right behind another row chairs provides a secure shield, which may ride in comfort when the rear segment is vacant. Since the truck will be unibody the cab and bed’s floor would be stamped out of a continuous piece of metal. Volkswagen’s digital gauge cluster will make the jump, as will its Car-Net infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual-zone climate controls will also be included in the cab, the three-spoke steering wheel and the console-mounted gear shifter.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup Price and Release Date
The particular 2019 VW Atlas Pickup will probably be available at dealership in the final quarter of 2018. When competitors reach crew cab configuration with fancier cabins, we are already at that same price mark. That would imply that price would be around $30,000, as for Ridgeline.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup Powertrain and Performance
Under the bonnet, newest model of the Volkswagen Atlas Crossover SUV is offered with either the base 238 horsepower, 2.0 liter turbo four cylinder engine. While an optional 3.6 liter VR6 offers more grunt, with 280 horsepower. We have reason to believe that new VW Atlas Pickup could get the same engines as the SUV version under the hood. We know that these engines put VW SUV on the top of the most efficient large vehicles on the market nowadays. Both engines mate to an eight speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. The VR6 is available with the 4Motion AWD, which offers driver selectable drive modes 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup to run various terrain conditions.