The only reason why Ford Atlas has 2016 in its title instead of 2015 is because the production could not be completed in time. Nevertheless, the new Atlas concept has brought a number of welcome updates to the Ford pickup series and will most likely serve as a basis for several other models in times to come. In any case, 2016 Ford Atlas is going to carry a lot on its shoulders.
Exterior of 2016 Ford Atlas
2016 Ford Atlas pickup is based on a lighter platform made mostly of aluminum, which means its weight and handling should improve immensely, not to mention fuel efficiency. The front fascia has been given an overhaul with its heavy rectangular grille and new headlights. As for the rest, it does not stand out from regular pickups, with standard taillights and a rear bumper that received relatively little attention.
2016 Ford Atlas Interior
On the inside, 2016 Ford Atlas features an updated interior that feels both modern and comfortable. The upholstery is either cloth or leather – depending on what you chose – and other indoor materials can vary greatly, as does the price. Dashboard and the instrument panel have been given a facelift and they now feature a higher degree of functionality and look more appealing. Infotainment needs are covered via a touchscreen display along with a signature Ford OS and optional navigation also makes a comeback. Cruise control, blind spot monitors and lane assist system make an integral part of the safety system, although more are still expected.
Ford Atlas 2016 Engine
Engine-wise, the new 2016 Ford Atlas will receive four basic engines. One is a 3.5L V6 with 383 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Next, we have a new 2.7L EcoBoost V6 with 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. This one also features the best fuel efficiency, offering 24 mpg combined, while others struggle to get 18 or 19. Those who opt to purchase a higher trim can look forward to a 3.5L EcoBoost engine with 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. However, those who want maximum bang for their buck will most certainly opt for the 5.0L V8 that dishes out 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of the engine you choose, you will be stuck with a 6-speed automatic transmission and optional all-wheel drive. Maximum tow capacity is up to 12,200 lb. It should be able to reach 60 mph in a little over 8 seconds, which is pretty good for a pickup truck.
Release Date of 2016 Atlas
Even though it was originally planned for 2015, it appears that Ford Atlas will not make its appearance until next year. Ford pickup fans will have to sit tight for a little while longer.
2016 Atlas Ford Price
Despite a number of updates and improvements, 2016 Ford Atlas is not expected to exceed the price range of current Ford pickups, so anything between $25,000 and $51,000 is in game. It largely depends on what trim and additional equipment you choose. With four different engines and a number of other features, 2016 Ford Atlas will certainly peak your interest.