Volkswagen’s new Atlas concept shows how the seven-seater SUV can be enhanced for trail seekers.
Ahead of its debut at the 2019 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen has unveiled a new Atlas concept that showcases how the seven-seater SUV can be enhanced for trail seekers. Dubbed the Atlas Basecamp Concept, the SUV was designed with endurance mountain biking in mind and was designed by Alex Earle, Exterior Design Manager at the Volkswagen Design Center California and a keen cyclist.
"The Basecamp Concept brings a go-anywhere attitude to the brand that is already synonymous with road-trip culture,” said Earle. "Whether you are taking on a series of challenging single-tracks with your favorite mountain bike or enjoying a relaxing evening under the night sky, the versatility of the Basecamp Concept provides ideal mobile solutions for just about any adventure.”
Based on the Atlas SEL Premium, the Basecamp Concept is finished in Platinum Gray and Black Uni with a matte finish and orange accents. As standard, the range-topping SEL Premium trim comes with a 3.6-liter VR6 engine producing 276 hp and an eight-speed transmission, paired with Volkswagen 4Motion all-wheel drive with Drive Mode Selection. It rides on a set of fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels that are expected to go into production this fall, wrapped in chunky 265/70R17 all-terrain tires.
Additional accessories include a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R lift kit with coilover springs that raise the ride height by around 1.5 inches, a Front Runner Slimline II roof rack system with bike holders, off-road LED light bars on the front and rear, and protective interior add-ons from Volkswagen Accessories.
The Basecamp Concept also features an off-road capable HIVE EX compact expedition trailer with matching wheels and tires. Both lightweight and strong, the tow-behind camper is equipped with a queen-size bed, pullout canopy, and kitchenette, complete with a stove, a sink, and a refrigerator/ freezer combo that can operate on an optional 12-volt battery.
Other integrated features include a self-contained water tank, propane tank, portable toilet, hot shower, and removable leveling jacks. The Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept will be on display at the 2019 New York Auto Show next week and the 2019 SEMA show in November.