Volkswagen has unwrapped the Teramont X at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show. The new model is China’s production version of the Altas Cross Sport Concept, a sportier two-row, 5-seater version of the Teramont/Atlas SUV.
The sporty concept of VW’s large SUV was greenlighted for production in August of last year, and now we see it in the metal at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Volkswagen did more than just remove the third row for the Teramont X, it shortened its rear overhang for a more athletic look and better departure angle when driving on the great outdoors.
In terms of styling, the Teramont X differs slightly from its full-sized sibling with a revised front grill and bumper which features more mesh and aluminum colored accents to denote its more athletic character. The sides also feature an aluminum trim on the lower part. The rear features a new set of tail lamps and lower apron with larger exhaust tips.
Inside, it gets a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, flat bottomed steering wheel, aluminum pedals, and quilted leather upholstery. To entertain occupants, it is fitted with a 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Dynaudio speakers.
While not exactly announced, under the hood is the same 2.5-liter turbo V6 EA390 powerplant found in the 7-seater Teramont as denoted by the same 530 V6 badge on the tailgate. The engine is rated at 299 PS and produces 500 Nm of torque. It will most likely be mated to the same DQ500 dual-clutch automatic.
While the Teramont X will definitely be a China market only model, VW has yet to confirm whether it will appear as the Atlas Cross Sport for other markets.