Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept revealed

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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  • mrclav 12 Apr 2019

    Well... it certainly look fit for purpose.

  • okenemem 12 Apr 2019

    looks ok

  • cognac1979 12 Apr 2019

    Looks like an expensive way to go mountain biking! I'll stick to chucking my bike in the Caddy. Looks cool though.

  • drpep 12 Apr 2019

    280hp to move that massive hunk of crap? No thanks. I'd say it needs 350hp MINIMUM, and probably the same lb-ft of torque to be half useful. Pass.

  • drpep 12 Apr 2019

    America just does a better job building these big utilitarian things. Bet the parts are priced like gold teeth too.

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