The concept of a pickup, which presents Volkswagen on the New York Car Show, surprised at first sight. In case of exact look, it is true why Volkswagen use platform and powertrain of the seven-seat SUV VW Atlas and waiver on a design with ladder frame. Apparently one thinks about whether one can handle such a vehicle a US protection zoll. Whether this is a plan with real opportunities, we keep for discussions.
The VW Atlas Tanoak has a 276-hp V6 Ottomotor with an eighth-tap machine and is based as the Atlas on the highly flexible MQB platform of the company. Yes, right, they have just read a "q" – the powertrain is actually transverse and not long as in the constructed for about 120 years in principle unanswered flatbed design. For vehicles with four-wheel drive, a derivative from the standard drive, ie with long-lying motor and gearbox and primary rear axle drive already useful because you avoid such a double force diversion between gears and axes. In addition, that only so the front axle is retained in the landing agility. And these were only the two most important arguments.
Bad against meaningful tradition
"MQB" also means: self-supporting. Also a heavy attack against the meaningful tradition, to build flatbed wagons on a lead frame. There is a good reason to operate this effort for decades and generations. Volkswagen waives, for example, the possibility of offering different construction variants to can or frame-mounted modules of suppliers instead of the bunk, such as towing services, fire brigades, rescue, strainvation vehicles, but also for camping structures and what it is about unpainted opportunities. In the end of the year, a framework provides the uptailed stability for self- and foreign releases and on the strain, not least, a round-triple high-speed accessibility compared to self-supporting vehicles.