A rugged take on VW's US-focussed SUV designed for mountain bikers
Volkswagen has revealed a more rugged take on its Atlas SUV ahead of a public debut at the New York motor show next week. The concept has been designed for mountain bikers as a vehicle to transport them deep into the American wilderness, gaining off-road enhancements and extra hardware so it can carry all the equipment VW believes is needed to support pedal-power enthusiasts who like to get muddy.
Added to the Atlas Basecamp Concept is a suspension lift kit - of course - that boosts ground clearance by a further 38mm, all-terrain tyres to deal with difficult surfaces and a roof rack to hold the bikes in place. There's also an LED light bar to provide illumination away from civilisation, while a beefed-up bodykit should help to scare off any bears the Atlas may encounter. The concept wears a matte grey and black skin to complete its toughened look.
Under the bonnet is VW's 3.6-litre VR6 engine, producing 280hp and powering all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic 'box. It's a setup that's shared with the regular Atlas in America; the five-metre-long SUV also comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that produces 235hp. As its burly name suggests, the Atlas is a US-focussed model that won't come to Britain - which means there's practically zero chance that something resembling the Basecamp Concept will ever make it here. Boo.
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