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Volkswagen adds Basecamp accessory line for Atlas

The new Volkswagen accessories line was inspired by a recent concept version of the Atlas.

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Volkswagen today announced that they will offer a new Basecamp accessory line for Atlas models. The new line was inspired by the Atlas Basecamp concept vehicle, which was first shown at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. They will be available as a set or as a package.

"Our goal is to provide customers with an extensive catalogue of accessory options that cater to their desires for distinctive styling and functionality," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy at Volkswagen of America. "The public interest and customer enthusiasm sparked by the Atlas Basecamp concept created a strong business case to further explore off-road-themed components for production."

Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Styling Package

Volkswagen Atlas Basecamp Styling Package

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The Basecamp accessory line was developed using design elements of the Atlas Basecamp concept and produced by Air Design.

The Basecamp styling package for Atlas models includes a two-tone satin silver and textured anthracite front bumper guard, textured anthracite fender flares with integrated splash guards, satin silver side door rocker panels, and satin silver rear valance with trailer hitch access. This kit comes with exclusive front quarter-panel-mounted Basecamp badges that are not offered separately.

The styling package is not recommended for models equipped without a trailer hitch and not compatible with R-Line trims.

The accessory line also includes a production version of the 17-inch Traverse MX wheels produced specifically for Volkswagen by fifteen52. These wheels were first seen on the Atlas Basecamp concept vehicle and are being offered in two colors; frosted graphite and radiant silver.

Volkswagen of America recommends 245/70R17 all-terrain tires.

VW refreshed the Atlas for the 2021 model year and introduced the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport this year.

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