Volkswagen may be hitching a ride on an all-American pickup.
Said to be a spin-off of the Atlas three-row crossover, the pickup concept will apparently be used to gauge customer response, with series production apparently a very real possibility - and soon.
If Volkswagen's New York Auto Show concept is any indication, the German brand's future US plans might involve a trip off the beaten path.
In case you feel the lack of a Volkswagen midsize pickup truck is a significant omission, there might be good news for you: Automotive News Europe is reporting that VW could be bringing a pickup concept to the New York Auto Show.
The Atlas is now VW's second best-selling model.
If approved for production, the truck would likely be produced alongside the Atlas at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With consumer preferences shifting toward trucks and utilities, the company is clearly looking at ways to expand the variety of offerings.
Volkswagen has sold such a vehicle, called the Amarok, in several markets outside the USA for the past few years.
By comparison, the concept to be shown in NY will be based on a unibody platform - similar to the Ridgeline - and targeted more at lifestyle-oriented pickup owners who don't need to pile 1,950 pounds or more into the bed of the truck.
The Amarok is a traditional body-on-frame pickup that VW sells in other markets. Still, many may question whether it makes sense to offer a mild pickup created to compete with the Honda Ridgeline, which sells just a few thousand units a month.