General Motors took a risk when it re-introduced the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon earlier this decade, but that gamble has paid off. Now, truck sales are healthier than ever, and new potential rivals are beginning to emerge. The latest is from Volkswagen, which showed the Atlas Tanoak concept at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
The truck is not based on a body-on-frame structure like the current VW Amarok. Instead, VW’s flexible MQB platform provides the bones. Should a production version come to market, it would be more a direct rival to the Honda Ridgeline with its unibody structure. Yet, it would do battle in the hot mid-size pickup truck segment.
For what it’s worth, Honda sold about 35,000 Ridgelines last year. Chevrolet sold nearly 113,000 Colorado in 2017, and GMC moved over 32,000 Canyons.
Yet, the Atlas Tanoak is a large truck. It measures 16 inches longer than the VW Atlas crossover and sits with a dual-cab, short-bed configuration. Power comes from a 3.6-liter V6 engine good for 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The concept boasts an eight-speed automatic, which sends power to an all-wheel-drive system.
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