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.
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.