VW Acatama Concept

Concept Cars 9 Oct 2006
VW Acatama Concept

Volkswagen has revealed Acatama, an off-road concept based on the recently-launched Crafter van. The four-wheel drive vehicle was created by the Design Centre in Wolfsburg, Germany, and could become a limited production vehicle.


VW Acatama ConceptNamed after the desert in South America, ‘the Atacama concept is a fresh and modern interpretation of a four-wheel drive Crafter, combining function and individuality,’ says the team leader and exterior designer, Ralf Dekena.

The design study gains its striking presence through its proportions. The front end, with slight modifications and the aluminium components such as the radiator, headlights or air vents, also add to the Atacama’s powerful appearance.  The side air inlets in the wings lend the Atacama a sporty finish.

For protection during off-road use, the vehicle has been equipped with robust panelling and powerfully modelled wheel arches.

Aluminium inserts further emphasise its off-road appeal and give the Atacama a more exclusive appearance.

VW Acatama Concept - Front end detailOffsets and stamps are repeated thematically on the wheel arches.  The unique side window design demonstrates the integration of exterior and interior.

The designer responsible, Romain Chareyre, explains: ‘The design study shows further potential for the Crafter in the leisure and fun segment.’

The roof railing formed in a U-shape with integrated box is a modern interpretation of a carrier system.  To match this element, the team designed the rear ladder which frames the brand logo in its shape and also has the door handle integrated in it.

The member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles board of management with responsibility for sales, Harald Schomburg, says: ‘The absolute highlight of the Crafter presentation is the concept vehicle Atacama with four-wheel drive application by Achleitner.  

‘It emphasises the strikingly masculine features of the vehicle and is our idea of a Crafter off-road vehicle.  I’m very curious about the customer reaction – if it is positive we will build a series of up to 100 vehicles.’

Atacama technical information

Model Volkswagen Crafter Kombi, short wheelbase
Engine 2,459 cc, five-cylinder TDI with charge air cooler
Maximum power 163 PS
Drive Four-wheel drive (Achleitner), six-speed gearbox
Tyres 285/55 R 20

(Source: Volkswagen)

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