The 2016 Ford Atlas is a full-size pickup concept on which the F-150, one of the best pick up trucks of all time, was built. As it happens, the model sports the similar muscular design as the 2015 Ford F-150 but it also offers a whole host of unique and hitherto unseen features in the exterior as well as the interior. Plus, it features the Ford’s twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6, with a “truck-enhanced” stop-start system.
Exterior and Interior
At the front, the 2016 Ford Atlas includes a prominent block-lettering “Atlas” badging across the hood just above the grille. The front bumper is finished in chrome with body-colored end caps. Similarly, the truck features a large chrome trim piece on the tailgate including another “Atlas” badge.
The truck’s grille comes with a unique take on the trademark Ford’s three-bar design. Each of the three horizontal bars are made up of smaller horizontal bars. What’s more, the LED headlamps and fog lights come as standard, which makes sense given the Atlas is only a concept never meant for public consumption. In addition, the truck sits on bespoke 22-inch chrome wheel.
Other upgrades include the lane-keeping assist, the 360-degree camera system, and Ford’s all-new Pro Trailer Backup Assist. Plus, power-deployable running boards, remote tailgate release, and the class-exclusive panoramic glass roof.
Inside the cabin, the new F150 features a clean dashboard covered in soft touch materials. On top of it all, there is one new feature the truck offers – the new SYNC 3 infotainment system software, including enhanced voice recognition, allowing occupants to speak more naturally into the system.
Five seats come with black and Mojave leather including heating and cooling functions, in addition to a 10-way power adjustment and Ford’s multicontour massaging. Rear seats are also heated.
The 2016 Ford Atlasis fitted with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. This twin-turbocharged engine delivers 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, and still rates at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, making it 20 mpg combined. Coupled to the EcoBoost is a six-speed automatic transmission that features manual shifting capabilities Ford calls SelectShift, a tow/haul mode, and even a sport mode. Properly equipped the pickup can tow up to 10,100 pounds.
2016 Ford Atlas Release Date and Price
The concept car that it is, the 2016 Ford Atlas doesn’t stand much chance of ever going into mass production. Nonetheless, lots of ideas and cues offered in the Atlas will eventually make their way into the upcoming Ford models. If, however, the Atlas ever starts coming off the production line, it will likely cost over $55,000.