Volkswagen is already present in the truck segment outside the US. However, the model for the largest market in the world is not available yet. We have a concept and it should debut as the 2020 VW Atlas Tanoak. The other possibility for the German carmaker is to bring Amarok pickup, which is one of the competitors in other big markets (Europe, Australia). All in all, it is just a matter of time when the new model is going to roll out since the premiere of the new platform happened more than a year ago.
The 2020 VW Atlas Tanoak will belong to the mid-size segment. This is currently the most popular class in the US, thanks to the return of Ford Ranger. The US giant recognized the moment and brought back the mid-size truck. Soon after, the FCA launched Jeep Gladiator. Now, Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado will get a new rival in Atlas Tanoak. The pickup is using the new platform, although we would say it is the same as for the biggest SUV Volkswagen is making.
We believe that the base drivetrain for the 2020 VW Atlas Tanoak will be a 3.6-liter V6. If not the standard offer, this engine fits perfectly to the class. In other vehicles, it delivers 275 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the Tacoma, that is nearly the same level, as well as with Chevy Colorado. Ford Ranger is using a turbo-four as the only drivetrain, while other trucks have such engine in their offers too. VW has durable four-cylinder units, but for the first edition, the German company will go with a V6 only.
When we say V6 only, we don’t think about the petrol section only. Well, after the scandal, VW is still not thinking of returning to diesel power. But, if you want a surprise and a shocking move, it will happen in the truck segment. Chevy Colorado is the only pickup with such engine. Volkswagen needs to recover its reputation, and the company is ready to go through a long process. However, the wounds are still fresh, and the 2020 VW Atlas Tanoak is not going to feature the diesel engine. In the future, we say it is possible.
2020 VW Atlas Tanoak Concept, Production, and Price
Atlas Tanoak concept was unveiled at 2018 NY Auto Show. While the entire world was following updates in the full-size segment, Volkswagen worked on their smaller pickup. However, back then, the vehicle seemed to be almost ready for production. More than a year later, we still don’t have a schedule when this is about to happen. As said, the market for these vehicles is growing, and it is a perfect time for launching such a unit.
Experts believe the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak will be out by the end of the year. That leaves a few months to designers and engineers for final tuning. Volkswagen will buy some more time until the vehicle arrives in dealerships. With the V6 engine, the 2020 VW Atlas Tanoak price will be around $28,000. If the company decides to downgrade the drivetrain, the cost will drop probably to $25,000.