Is Volkswagen Bringing a Midsize Pickup Concept to New York?

VW's Tennessee plant could get even busier

Ed TahaneyWriter

If you've spent anytime overseas or south of the border—chances are you may have spotted a Volkswagen pickup truck called the Amarok or a smaller one called the Saveiro.

Or maybe you remember the cute little Rabbit pickup truck that was built in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

If a VW with a bed is on your wish list—you might be in luck. A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas SUV may be unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show this week.

Automotive News reports that VW may unveil a unibody pickup concept along side the previously reported five-passenger Atlas concept. Sources told the news site that the yet unnamed pickup could be assembled at the company's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant as well.

While the VW Saveiro (above) with its four-cylinder engine that offers 101 hp and 105 lb-ft of torque is not enough truck for most Americans—a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 3.6-liter V-6 powered one found in the Atlas using VW's flexible MQB architecture may do well in the U.S.

A new VW pickup assembled in the U.S. makes sense if you consider the popularity of midsize trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and the Honda Ridgeline. The upcoming Ford Ranger is expected to do well next year and the Hyundai Santa Cruz concept that made its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show is expected to follow.

We may not get a Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup here—but a VW one based on the Atlas could be the next best thing. It should look a lot like the Amarok photos seen in the gallery above and the photo below. Stay tuned for more news coming out of New York this week.

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