Already jealous of Volkswagen’s current lineup elsewhere? Well, there’s more reason to be now. The German marque recently launched the new Atlas Cross Sport, a less-practical, five-seat coupe version of the popular Atlas SUV. Despite having the VW badge, it isn’t built in Germany. Instead, it’s made at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the same factory where the Atlas is currently being built.
Design-wise, it looks a lot more aggressive compared to the standard 7-seat Atlas. Overall, it has a sportier and sleeker design thanks to its more rakish rear pillar and hatch. Upfront, there are new LED headlights flanking the new three-bar chrome grill. The bumper is also different, making it look more akin to the concept shown last year. The biggest difference can be seen at the rear which has a new set of taillights, bumper, and a raked boot. Chrome accents on the side and rear bumper give a touch of class. Meanwhile, pumped fender arches give the SUV Coupe a more rugged look.
If you choose the R-Line model, you can get even sportier-looking bumpers and optional 21-inch wheels. In total, Volkswagen says there are eight different trims levels available for the Atlas Cross Sport.
Inside, there are more upgrades that further distance the Cross Sport from the Atlas. The most obvious change would be the new steering wheel design and a more premium cabin. It also has new luxury options available including premium stitching accents, a 12-speaker audio system, and heated and ventilated front seats. Tech-wise, the Cross Sport is available with Volkswagen’s 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit instrument cluster and Volkswagen Car-Net.
Under the hood, the Cross Sport will be offered with the same engine options as the Atlas. The first is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder which produces 235 PS. The other is a 3.6-liter V6 producing 276 PS. Both engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
There’s no word yet whether the Atlas Cross Sport will be making it to the Philippines. Considering we don’t have the standard 7-seat Atlas here, I wouldn’t recommend you keep your hopes up.
Instead, what we could get is the recently launched Teramont X. The Teramont X is essentially the same as the Atlas Cross Sport albeit with a different front end. Specifically, the Teramont X looks a lot like the standard 7-Seat Teramont (the Euro/China-spec Atlas) rather than sporting a more stylish front clip.
More importantly, the Teramont X is built in China, unlike the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport which is built in the US. This gives it a higher chance of making its way to the country. Hopefully, Volkswagen Philippines plans on bringing it here soon.