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Report: VW names its 7-seat crossover the Atlas

Report: VW names its 7-seat crossover the Atlas image

Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Volkswagen USA, Newspress | posted October 07, 2016 12:25

VW large crossover to be revealed soon

Volkswagen is ready to unveil their latest crossover and a new report suggests that it will be called the Atlas. The Atlas is set to be revealed on October 27 and will be the marque's first three-row crossover and the first MQB Evo platform to be built in the U.S.

Once it makes its debut, the Atlas will be competing with the likes of the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Hyundai Grand Santa Fe. The Atlas will also be the first Volkswagen to break the brand's naming convention for crossovers being the only one not starting with the letter 'T'. Prior to the report, the new crossover was internally known as the B SUV.

Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept

The new crossover will draw cues from the CrossBlue concept which was shown during the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. The CrossBlue concept is larger than the Touareg, measuring in at 4,987 mm long, 2,015 mm wide, and 1,733 mm high. For comparison, the Touareg's dimensions are 4,797 mm long, 1,940 mm wide and 1,709 mm tall. While the CrossBlue concept car was equipped with six individual seats in three rows, it is expected that the Atlas will have have bench seats for the second and third row. 

As for engines, none have yet to be confirmed but it is likely that a six-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid are the most likely options. It is currently unknown if the Atlas will be offered outside North America. 

Source: Automotive News