Lifted Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept Adds Trail Capability to Large SUV
Concept Built for Endurance Mountain Biking and Other Action Sports
Volkswagen showed off its unique Atlas Basecamp concept today, which sees the family crossover made a bit more extreme thanks to a 1.5-inch lift kit courtesy of taller H&R coilovers. According to Volkswagen, the Atlas Basecamp was “designed with endurance mountain biking in mind,” well suited for adventuring in the boonies.
The Basecamp concept—not to be confused with a similarly named custom Titan XD from Nissan—started life as an Atlas SEL Premium with a 276hp 3.6L VR6 engine. To that blank slate Volkswagen added the H&R lift kit, a custom Air Design body kit, a Front Runner roof rack kitted with bike holders and LED light bars, and Volkswagen Accessories interior protection bits.
Furthermore, the Atlas Basecamp rides on BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires, sized 265/70R17. The Atlas is also the debut vehicle for the fifteen52 Transverse MX Concept, an all-new design from the wheel company. The Transverse MX Concept goes into series production this fall.
The Volkswagen SUV also lugs along a Hive EX compact camp trailer, which hides a queen bed, deployable awning, stove, sink, and refrigerator/freezer. The lightweight expedition trailer also features an integrated water tank, propane tank, portable toilet, and hot shower, and it rides on the same fifteen52/BFGoodrich rolling stock as the Basecamp itself.
This custom Atlas carries on VW’s reputation for adventuring, according to the company. “The Basecamp concept brings a go-anywhere attitude to the brand that is already synonymous with road-trip culture,” said Alex Earle, manager of exterior design at the Volkswagen Design Center California. Earle, who is also an avid cyclist, was the brains behind the Basecamp’s creation.
It will be on display at the 2019 New York International Auto Show next week, as well as the 2019 SEMA Show in November. The Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp concept likely won’t spawn a production off-road special from the company, but it does show what’s possible given many of the parts on the SUV are already available from the aftermarket.