Volkswagen Pickup Truck in the USA, Future Jeep Grand Wagoneer and Least Expensive New Car? [Ask Nathan]

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In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Will there be a Volkswagen Pickup Truck for the USA?
  • New information about the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer?
  • Cheapest New Car in the USA?
Is this Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak concept proof that a Volkswagen pickup truck is coming to the United States?

The first question comes from a viewer who wants to know if the rumors are true that there will be a Volkswagen Pickup truck for the United States.

Hi Nathan! Hi Roman and Andre! Is that Volkswagen Pickup truck concept going to come here? 

I know that some people hate Volkswagen, but I’ve had nothing but good luck with their vehicles. I always wanted a pickup truck, but the only one I was interested in was the Honda Ridgeline and it was kind of mediocre in my book.

The idea of a VW pickup like the Amarok being sold here makes me happy. Boy I hope it happens! Please let me know what you think!

Long time viewer!

Jefferson D

A: Hi Jefferson!

After the 2018 New York Auto Show, some indications point to the USA getting a Volkswagen Pickup truck in the near future. Others laugh at the possibility. While there is no official word, the reaction to the truck’s unveiling is so strong, and Volkswagen has had a ton of Amarok requests, it looks like it could be a possibility.

As long as VW sees potential heavy profit from this vehicle, there’s a chance it can happen. While many feel it will compete directly with the Honda Ridgeline, others think it will have greater towing, loading and off-road ability.

We hope to find out more soon.

Check out this concept debut video from the 2018 New York Auto Show!


This next question comes from a fan wanting more information on the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer.


(Via: Twitter@Nathanadlen)

Nathan! After EJS ’18 – any word on the future Jeep Grand Wagoneer? You drove the old one. What about a new one!?


A: Howdy!

We have a few things that are indicating Jeep is close to bringing out the full-size, three-row Jeep Grand Wagoneer. We suspect it will debut in the next two to three years.


The Jeep Wrangler pickup truck (JT) is slated to come out next and we expect to see it debut within the next cycle of major auto shows. Hopefully, we’ll get our hands on one within the next 12 months. That means the next vehicle on FCA/Jeep’s debut list should be their new Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

If the excitement of this rest-o-mod Jeep Wagoneer is an indication of where Jeep Design’s mind is at, I’d say we’re being teased regarding the upcoming Jeep Grand Wagoneer – don’t you?

Check out this video!




The last question comes from a fan who wants the least expensive new car available.


What are the three cheapest new cars and which one would you buy?

Thank you Nathan!

Via: Facebook – Nathan Adlen Journalist


2016 Chevrolet Spark rear

A: Hi!

The top three least expensive cars include the Mitsubishi Mirage (base $13,395) Chevrolet Spark (base $13,050) and the Nissan Versa SEDAN (BASE $12,110). While these prices are great, they are all hard to achieve. Realistic prices run at least $500 more. Still, these vehicles make up some of the least expensive new vehicles you can own.

I’ve driven all three and I have a verdict: the Chevrolet Spark is the one I would own.

Why? It’s the most fun to drive and has an outstanding list of standard features – for the price. I also like the way it looks. That’s not to say it’s perfect, but it’s a solid little guy with a lot of personality and, the one I sampled, was less than $14,500 – well equipped.

Benefits of the other vehicles?

  • The Nissan Versa Sedan is huge for the price and the backseat space is impressive.
  • The Mitsubishi Mirage is one of the most fuel efficient, non-hybrid vehicles you can get.

Still, I feel the Chevrolet Spark is the most rewarding amongst the three choices.



Check out our fun Moab video: the AWESOME Jeep Wagoneer Roadtrip concept!

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