Designers imagine a rugged variant with the Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept

Back in April the Volkswagen group released the Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept for the world to see at the New York International Auto Show. They took the family-friendly and adventurous 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SEL trim and made it even more athletic.

Alex Earle, who is the Exterior Design Manager in the California Volkswagen office, wanted to build a Volkswagen Atlas that would appeal to the outdoors types, especially mountain bikers who aren't afraid of dirt, falling, and getting back up again.

Unlike some concept vehicles that are completely out there, the Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept is 100% believable:

  • The concept vehicle comes in a Platinum Gray and Black matte paint job, and there are dashes of orange along the exterior
  • For getting to rugged trailheads, the Atlas Basecamp Concept has a 1.5-inch lift and extremely chunky all-terrain tires by the brand fifteen52 (in fact, these are concept tires that are going to be available during the fall)
  • There's a unique rack system that has an eye-catching strip of LED lights so you easily see after the end of a hard day biking
  • When this was displayed at the auto show, the Atlas Basecamp Concept was also towing along a popup camper with a kitchenette, canopy, and queen size bed

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Despite the concept's realistic nature, there's no sign that a production version will be coming to our Frederick dealership, though we're crossing out fingers that the color will become part of an appearance package for shoppers to show off in Germantown or on their commute into Gaithersburg.

In the meantime, you can still purchase or lease a regular (and still fantastic!) 2019 Volkswagen Atlas for your Leesburg VA adventures. Notable features on the SEL trim that they based the Basecamp concept off of include a hands-free tailgate, the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds around Hagerstown and beyond (when properly equipped), full LED lights, adaptive cruise control, leatherette seating, and much more.

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