A 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup to be Brought To America

Emerging news about a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup have gotten us interested about its making. It is actually highly possible that this deal does make it though and that they manage to make it. There are some plausible evidence which might support the claim. Also, at the latest Detroit Auto Show the chief engineer for North American of VW dropped some subtle hints about the possibility to make this car.

As they claim, the plan is to use the current Atlas SUV and make it into a pickup truck. They would then market it in the US. They are probably going to base the formula on the Honda Ridgeline, which has basically done the same. Also they will use the Honda Pilot SUV as its basis to make the Ridgeline pickup truck. This would be very much possible as the Atlas SUV has what it takes to provide a mechanical structure for a possible mid-size pickup with a unibody.

There is one problem though. The American audiences and the American market is not that keen on foreign makers when it comes to pickup trucks. It is true that the market is booming in the US. A lot of makers want to get in the action and offer their own model.

But the American still like their own home brands and the market is mainly dominated by Ford, Ram and GM. One of the examples is the Nissan based Titan which was introduced to the American market and ultimately did not do so well.

If they decide to go for this idea of a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup, they have to take these things into consideration. The project does sound interesting but it is left to be seen if it is going to be lucrative. We give you our thoughts and a rendering of the vehicle which is potentially to come.

When can we Hope to See the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas?

The prospect of getting a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup seems so far away. But as they claimed, there is a great possibility that they are already working hard to bring this project to life. Company keeps everything as a secret. There are no solid evidence to support a possible release date.

However, if we are to guess based on the fact that they have already started, the Volkswagen Atlas Pickup might appear in 2019. It is the earliest that we can hope to see the finished product.

How Might the Exterior Be Built?

In order to build a 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup, they are surely going to use the same plan that Honda had with its Ridgeline. This means that everything from the C-Pillars would be the same. Volkswagen has established their own recognizable take on almost every of their products. So this one will also have the same type of design which will make it a recognizable VW car.

We imagine that the front part will be similar to the Atlas SUV models with the same kind of grille and the blocky headlights. The only difference will be the lower part of the bumper. This will be the only difference between the two. The car is a unibody so there is a character line which spreads across the side. They actually use a specific way of designing to hide how they are going to make the pickup.

The back end of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup should contain a set size cargo bed. We can also see the LED taillights that wrap around the edge of the car fitting in really nicely. That way they are keeping an expected traditional design of a pickup truck. In order to resemble the Atlas SUV a bit more, we will probably see black cladding  placed on the power portion of the vehicle. That adds an element of ruggedness which a pickup needs.

Will the Interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup be Similar to the Atlas SUV?

If you are asking of the interior of the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup shapes up to be the same as the SUV one, they you are thinking the same way as we are. It is more than likely that we are going to get to see a design which is going to be copied from the Atlas SUV. We have seen this done before and it would not be too bad to see it again. This would mean that the pickup will inherit the clean and minimalistic but modern interior that the Atlas is known for having.

We are expecting to see digital gauges in the dash and the Car-Net infotainment system that VW frequently uses. A three spoke steering wheel design is also something that we will get and dual zone climate controls is a nice convenience gadget to have. Finally the car will also enable version sorts of connectivity features which takes care of its contemporary side.

The second row of seats will have to go though some changes. This is a must. We are not entirely certain what they will decide to go with. Still, it will be somewhere in the line of the Pilot crossover to Ridgeline. The interior volume should be adjusted that way and we can also expect to get a larger cargo bay for utility purposes.

How will the Drivetrain be Modified?

It would actually benefit the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup the most if they simply transfer the engine options from the SUV car. It would give the pickup model more road worthiness. Additionally, it will allow it to behave similarly as an SUV and at the same time having the necessary power of a pickup truck. The Atlas SUV uses two different engine options and both could be transferred to the pickup easily.

The first one is a 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, engine that can provide an output of 238 horses, while the secondary engine is a VR6 3.6-liter one which can go up to 280 horsepower in terms of output. Both of the engines use an eight-speed automatic shifter which comes with a manual shift mode. The primary engine has a FWD only while the bigger one adds an option of a 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

Competition

As we already estimated, 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup will have its toughest test with the competition that it will face. In fact, the American market is sprawling with great cars. Therefore it might not be wise to go there and try to overtake the spot of the US-Based vehicles. We do not see the Atlas pickup going against those cars. It would best be suited for them to rival vehicle like the Toyota Tacoma or the Chevrolet Colorado. This is where we see the possibility of the VW Atlas Pickup making.

2019 Volkswagen Atlas Price

It is hard to estimate the price for the 2019 Volkswagen Atlas Pickup in this stage of development. No matter when the vehicle comes out it will still be hard to guess what the price is going to be. However it will be higher that the Atlas car that they are basing it on. We are probably looking at a $33,000 for starts. Nevertheless, it could go all the way to $45,000 for the higher-trims of the model.

Hints of a 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV Gradually Appearing on the Streets

We have been getting more and more hints of a 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV car. We spotted a camouflaged version of a car on the streets. People are believing in this idea more and more after a new set of spy photos has appeared. The story about the first VW SUV is very interesting. It actually supports our claims that they are going to base it on their new Polo model.

First, the VW T-Cross Breeze concept model showcased at the Geneva Auto Show this year. This is a drop top model. However, the designers made it clear that this car is a basis for the SUV vehicle they have been developing. Also it is a way for them to introduce a new design language that they have been working on. This should appear on future Volkswagen models.

Secondly, the next-gen Volkswagen Polo should also appear. So many people have already thought that the mule wearing the camo is a next-generation Polo. But, upon closer inspection we noticed this was a different body. Namely a three-door car which reminds us on a Golf car.

So getting back to the idea of an SUV, the test mule is actually a covered up VW Polo SUV. This led us to believe differently. It is a great tactic from the designing crew. Yet it is only with a sharp eye that one was going to notice this.

It is very hard to determine how the 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV may look alone on these facts. But we have looked to our rendering team to help us provide a possible picture of a model. We are sure this one is coming out really soon.

How will the Exterior of the new SUV Look?

The 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV is covered with a lot of camo. It is pretty clear, though, that we are looking at a four-door SUV. There are some parts that we could discern and guess based on the current design. But some of them the company will only develop in the future.

The hood looks as if they have elevated it a bit. And we notice wrap around headlights as well. A large grille is imminent and with it we probably should expect larger air damns as well.

The side of the car shows us some sleek side view mirrors. They repositioned the mirrors and mounted within the front door parts. The lines of the side of the car are not recognizable for now. However, they seem to be soft and smooth. They may run from the headlights all the way back to the taillights.

This also leads us to believe that the lower part of the vehicle will have the same contour as the wheel well.

There is a lot of padding in the back. But even with those we are pretty certain that the back part is going to have a steep grade with a flat edge just below the window part.

We are expecting two piece taillights. There also seems that a ligh runs all the way the length of the hatch as well. The rear fascia is smooth and they might place a one character line there. But we cannot see them because the camo for now.

What Changes will the Inside of the 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV Add?

The spy photos of the 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV do not show anything significant about the interior of the car. However, we can look for inspiration in the Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze concept. We expect a very similar center console along with the door panelst.

Also, we hope to see the digital gauge cluster. We saw this one in the concept that, although toned down a bit, turned out to be great for the vehicle. This also places the HMI as one of the crucial parts of the car. And this car might also add an instrument cluster with two screens which would help with decluttering the inside.

They may add a different layout. But generally it will have the same elements. The bottom line is that the Polo SUV needs and should be more technologically advanced compared to the base Polo. And we will have to wait and see what they decide to put into it.

What About the Drivetrain?

The 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV is still in its testing phase so it is pretty hard to say which engine is going to be used for it. The old Polo has a range of some solid engines and some of them could make a crossover and be used here for this version of the car.

The engines that we can see in the old VW Polo include a 1.0-liter gasoline which is capable of making 93 hp, a 108 horsepower 1.0-liter TSI engine, a 1.2-liter TSI which makes 88 horses and a 1.4-liter TSI that makes  147 hp or the 1.8-liter TSI  with 189 hp. Some of them might be considered for the SUV and but it is still a long way until the car gets to be made. So there are even some other options which might mean a completely new engine being developed.

Price Tag

Estimating the price for the 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV is not easy to do in this phase. There is a lot that has to be considered and a lot which we have to take into account. Based on the given lineup and the competing SUV cars we are probably looking at a figure of about $27,000, but it all might change until the car is released for real.

Competition

Volkswagen will enter into the SUV segment with its 2019 Volkswagen Polo SUV. It is going to be a vehicle which opens the door for them and which will also define how future cars are going to fare. Let’s not further, this car will probably carry the latest VW design which they are proudly announcing for the future lineup. So the vehicles which they are probably going to go against include the Honda HR-V and the Mazda CX-3 which are some of the featured models in the market.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Release Date, Specs and Info

For those looking for a midsize sedan with a spacious and serene cabin, and top safety scores, the 2017 Volkswagen Passat is solid choice worth considering. Some of its pros include top safety scores, fuel-sipping and powerful engines, smooth and comfortable ride, and a well-appointed cabin. Its release date has been for some time now been speculated to be around March next month.

2017 Volkswagen Passat side view, headlights

For 2017, the new Passat gains a standard USB port that now replaces the outgoing model’s propriety plug, full leather seating for top trims, an updated center sack, a mildly revised exterior, and a slew of safety features add-ons (automatic braking, a blind spot warning system, lane departure warning system, and frontal collision warning system).

2017 Volkswagen Passat rear view, tailpipe

Few years ago, Volkswagen purists cried foul when the concept of the current generation Passat was unveiled. The vehicle now featured a generic sheet metal over the outgoing model’s Audi-like exterior styling. Gone was the 2.0L engine and the GTI-shared automated clutch transmission system. The previously top-rated soft-touch cabin materials were now a thing of the distant past, and similar cuts were effected on the feature and technology list. The once-vaunted handling and steering supremacy were phased out as well. All this was done in favor of comfort rather than performance, which jeopardized Passat’s long standing reputation in safety and top-rated performance.

Well, much can be said about the Passat’s rich evolutionary history, but the bottom line is the Passat model still managed to be a force to reckon with in the midsize luxury segment despite all odds.

2017 Volkswagen Passat side view, gray color

For seasoned users, you’d definitely need to be either a VW’s aficionado or eagle-eyed in order to notice the differences between the outgoing model and the new one in terms of the interior and exterior styling.

In overall, the new 2017 Volkswagen Passat has so much features to offer and will undoubtedly be an endearment to many once released. Some of its bogeys in the segment include the 2017 Honda Accord, the 2017 Mazda 6, 2017 Ford Fusion, and the 2017 Toyota Camry. Others are 2017 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2017 Kia Optima.

Available Trims – VW Passat

The 2017 Volkswagen Passat sedan will be offered in five major trims: base S, R-Line, SEL, SE, and the SEL Premium.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Interior Review & Exterior Pictures

The base S model offers standard climate control (dual-zone), full power accessories, a 5” touchscreen display, an auxiliary audio jack, cruise control, a height-adjustable front seats, a rearview camera, automatic headlights, 16” alloy wheels, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system, cloth upholstery, a CD player, and Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.

2017 Volkswagen Passat front view, alloy wheels and headlights

The sporty R-Line adds heated side mirrors, leatherette upholstery, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, heated front seats, interior and exterior styling elements, 19” alloy wheels, and heated side mirrors.

2017 Volkswagen Passat lcd screen, daskboard

The SE adds adaptive cruise control, 17” wheels, rear air conditioning, automatic braking, the Car-Net telematics system, rear air-conditioning vents, satellite and HD radio, a sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a second USB port, keyless ignition and entry, an eight-speaker sound system, rear-cross traffic alert, heated rear seats, a hands-free trunk opener, smartphone app integration, Android Auto and MirrorLink connectivity, and a navigation system.

2017 Volkswagen Passat interior, steering wheel and gear shift knob

The SEL trim adds a 60/40-split rear seat, premium Fender audio system, driver memory settings, an eight-way power passenger seat, 18” wheels, and a leather upholstery.

The range-topping 2017 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium trim includes front and rear parking cameras, lane departure warning system, remote ignition, automated parallel parking system, and power-folding mirrors.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine Specs

A 1.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 170 hp and 184 lbs. of torque will come equipped under the hoods of all the trims except the V6 SEL trim. The power output is routed to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system. The EPA fuel economy ratings for the above powertrain stands at 25/38/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Volkswagen Passat Engine

Next up is the 3.6L V6 engine good for 280 hp and 258 lbs. of torque.
This output is transferred to the front wheels via the DSG transmission system. During our won test drive, the vehicle was able to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. Its EPA ratings stand at 20/28/23 mpg.

Price 2017 Volkswagen Passat Date Of Release

Speculations making rounds on the internet suggest that the redesigned Volkswagen Passat wagon for 2017 is set to hit U.S.A dealerships come March next year. As for the price, expect an MSRP starting from $22,440.

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2017 Volkswagen Passat rear view,taillights and alloy wheels

2017 Volkswagen Passat leather seats, steering wheel

2017 Volkswagen Passat rear angle, tailpipe andtaillights

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