Sick of civilization? Volkswagen’s Atlas Basecamp idea helps you to get away

Broadly talking, the overwhelming majority of SUV homeowners make the most of the larger wheels and elevated floor clearance to hop small curbs on the native strip mall. Volkswagen will unveil an idea automobile named Atlas Basecamp on the 2019 New York Auto Present to show these automobiles are able to doing rather more, particularly once they’re upgraded with small however important add-ons.

The Basecamp idea began life as a humble, family-hauling Atlas, nut it was reworked right into a severe overlanding rig able to spend days off the grid by Volkswagen and a various choice of aftermarket corporations. The modifications embody a 1.5-inch elevate package, 17-inch wheels wrapped by all-terrain tires made by BF Goodrich, and LED spot lights on each ends to light up even the darkest, most distant path. The Basecamp additionally positive factors a Entrance Runner roof rack able to holding two mountain bikes, whereas a two-tone grey and black paint job with orange accents provides a of completion to the look.

You can camp behind the dorm-room-sized Atlas — it’s actually large enough — however Volkswagen teamed up with trailer producer Hive to supply extra snug sleeping quarters. The Basecamp tows an EX trailer kitted out with a queen-size mattress, a kitchenette, and a bathe that pulls water from an built-in tank. The roof-mounted cover turns any patch of land right into a coated patio on which adventurers can sit again, chill out, and luxuriate in a meal. And since there’s a propane-powered range within the trailer, you’ll by no means be removed from a cup of espresso or a medium-rare steak.

The idea is predicated on the SEL Premium trim, so it’s fitted with a 12.Three-inch, high-resolution digital instrument cluster the motive force can configure utilizing buttons on the steering wheel. The Overhead View Digital camera (which stitches footage from a number of cameras to point out a 360-degree, chook’s eye view of the Atlas) turns out to be useful when meandering between boulders and tree stumps.

Volkswagen hasn’t made any main mechanical modifications to the Atlas Basecamp idea. It wants energy to tow and climb, so it makes use of a Three.6-liter VR6 engine that channels 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque to the 4 wheels by means of an eight-speed automated transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

The Atlas Basecamp probably received’t be a part of the Volkswagen portfolio as-is, however consumers who wish to discover the nice open air with a rig similar to it aren’t out of luck. Almost the entire add-ons featured on the idea can be found by way of aftermarket distributors, or by means of Volkswagen dealerships. Fifteen52 will notably start manufacturing the alloy wheels within the fall of 2019. Making a duplicate requires sourcing the fitting elements from the fitting locations, and slightly little bit of elbow grease. Our recommendation? Add a snorkel, too.

Up to date on April 18, 2019: Added reside photographs.

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