Meet the Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Concept, a show car featuring custom body parts, a suspension lift kit, bespoke wheels (complete with all-terrain tyres), a roof rack with bike mounts and even off-roading light bars.
Set to debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show (before fittingly moving on to the 2019 SEMA Show), the Basecamp Concept is the brainchild of Alex Earle, exterior design manager at the Volkswagen Design Centre in California (and avid cyclist).
Using the Atlas SEL Premium as the base, the Basecamp Concept is painted in a mix of "Platinum Grey" and "Black Uni", complete with a matte finish and a smattering of orange accents. Power comes from the standard 3,6-litre VR6 engine, driving all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
A set of “fifteen52” Traverse MX Concept wheels are used, wrapped in 265/70 R17 all-terrain rubber. Additional accessories include a custom body kit by Air Design, an H&R suspension lift kit (with coilover springs that raise the ride height around 38 mm), a Front Runner Slimline II roof rack system (complete with bike holders), off-road LED bars (fore and aft), as well as various protective interior add-ons.
The Basecamp Concept is coupled with an off-road-capable Hive EX compact expedition trailer, featuring matching wheels and tyres. The camper is equipped with a queen-size bed, a pull-out canopy and a kitchenette, the latter complete with a stove, sink and refrigerator/freezer combo. Other integrated features include a self-contained water tank, a propane tank, a portable toilet, a hot shower and removable levelling jacks...
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