Even though we don’t have the Touareg here in North America anymore, that hasn’t stopped Volkswagen from prepping the new Atlas as an overlanding rig.
This year, the company’s bringing three Atlas concepts along to the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The trade show opens to industry professionals November 5 and runs through November 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Atlas Basecamp Concept is a familiar sight to kick off the overlanding trio. We saw it earlier this year at the New York Auto Show. It’s more or less a standard Atlas underneath, complete with its 276 horsepower VR6 engine and 4Motion all-wheel drive system. However, to that Air Design USA fitted a custom body kit. The Basecamp also features H&R Adventure Line coilovers that raise the ride height about 1.5 inches, and there are also 17-inch fifteen52 Traverse MX Concept wheels wrapped in 265/70R17 BFGoodrich KO2 all-terrain tires. Finally, a set of front and rear LED light bars and a Front Runner SlimlineII roof rack system finish off the look.
Two new concepts
Flanking the Atlas Basecamp Concept is the new Atlas Adventure Concept. This also uses an H&R coilover set, as well as Air Design USA fender flares. However, this one has Yokohama tires instead, and it has an onboard Dji Mavic drone onboard. Unlike the Basecamp, this Adventure Concept also has a Thule rooftop awning system and an Overland Equipment rooftop tent. Finally, it’s wrapped in a custom orange Elevation Graphics wrap, with Baja Designs LED lighting up front.
Then there’s Thule’s own Atlas concept. According to Volkswagen, this Atlas is meant to be “elegant enough for the metropolitan lifestyle, but perfectly equipped to take on outdoor adventures and support active lifestyles.” To that end, it’s raised on H&R springs, but this time it’s rolling on 20-inch satin black Vossen wheels. The Thule concept also uses the company’s Wingbar Evo roof rack, a 8.5-foot HideAway awning and a T2 Pro XT hitch-mounted bike rack. Baja Design lights are fitted out front, while there’s also a Tepui Autana 4 rooftop tent to complete the look.
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