One of the more awaited products of the year is the 2017 Ford Atlas truck. The pickup truck that Ford has been baiting for so long might finally get a release this year. The model has already made a debut as a concept model back in 2013 and has since then been on a hiatus as we were expecting a production version for a long time to happen.
As it looks now the teasers and the pokes that we have been getting for all these years have not gone to waste as the planed model with finally appear. With the release date still not in the books officially, we do have enough means to provide a review and explain what the car is going to be about.
Immediately after its debut as a concept model the Atlas attracted much attention with the platform it uses and the new and innovative parts incorporated into its design. What was a revolutionary move on their part is the lightweight platform which has actually already made a name for itself but on different vehicles. If you are a fan of Ford than you already know that the already legendary F-150 model has taken a page out of the Atlas’ book and introduced the lightweight body into its concept.
The resulting product is actually a model which is fuel efficient, has great performance and specs and is powerful enough like any other truck out there. The Atlas is finally going to put its idea into perspective and it borrows some parts from other Ford vehicles to make this happen.
The exterior design for the 2017 Ford Atlas is perhaps somewhat predictable. We are getting a mixture of the concept model design and some parts taken from the F-150 model. This was something to be expected as the F-150 can actually be called an extension of the Atlas or actually an Atlas before its true production level truck. It accomplishes the design in all levels as it brings together both strength and usefulness with the lightweight materials that have been introduced in the concept. We have seen how useful they might be on all the contemporary Ford cars so they are still keeping with their original idea at this point and are bringing it back here.
We are getting a front fascia which adds a rectangular grille which is very wind resistant and actually manages to get some aerodynamic specs to the car. The double-deck front lights are actually a departure from the other Ford models and are a surprising entry for this car as it brings something new and unique for this car. The roof is made out of glass and the trailer is equipped with electric outlet of 110 V. The doors have a big chrome mask of them and there are plenty of utility parts all over the car making it that much useful.
The interior of the 2017 Ford Atlas is a bit of a surprise. The newest model mixes up so new and great things and brings us a great setup that we rather appreciate more than going for something that already exists. The interior combines black and gray shades and has a driver’s seat which is extremely comfortable with the soft leather wrappings. A large touch-screen display graces the front part of the cabin while in the back of the front seats you will have the use of a touch-screens that are for the people in the back. This is all aimed at bringing the entertainment passenger features to a high level.
What has also been updated on the inside is a large level of safety. It still comes with the standard setup at base level as it offers us adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system and blind-spot monitors. But there are news that say that a lot more equipment is going to be added. This is aimed at some optional safety features that are going to be given here and a lot more equipment. But this is all going to be known after the release date as Ford is keeping much of it a secret for now.
Some great news which regards the powertrain of the 2017 Ford Atlas is that it is going to have an equally powerful engine setup as all of the Ford trucks in the lineup. The Atlas is going to use a 5.0-liter V8 engine that provides us with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The drivetrain combines with a 6-speed automatic gearbox which also enables better fuel economy which goes well with the lightweight body of the car. This engine also has great acceleration specs as it is able to reach 0-60 mph in 8.7 seconds, which is great for a truck. There has been word or more engine options but none except this one has been confirmed, which will make this one the base and we will see if there are going to be some optional ones.
Release date and price
The release date for this long awaited car is still far away, so we will have to endure a bit more so we finally get the 2017 Ford Atlas. The production version is a model that we have all wanted to see and use so it is going to be released between mid-2017 and the later part of the year. The starting price is also somewhat of a surprise as it appears that we can get the car at $21,000. The Main competition can be seen in such cars as latest Toyota Tacoma and Dodge Ram1500.