Volkswagen Atlas gets roomier with upcoming five-seater variant

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Five-seater Volkswagen Atlas concept to premiere in New York

This year's New York Auto Show will see Volkswagen debut a five-seater version of the Atlas for the United States market. Similar to the seven-seater variant, the new five-seat Atlas will also use the MQB platform, and will be built at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The Atlas has built strong momentum for Volkswagen in the SUV segment, and we are excited to grow our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled five-passenger SUV,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 

For now, Volkswagen has only released a teaser photo of the upcoming 5-seater Atlas. Though the name has yet to be confirmed, VW described it as an ‘Atlas variant’. Furthermore, the model which will be revealed in New York, will only be a concept version of the 5-seat Atlas.

From the lone teaser photo, it shows the concept feature a sportier and more aggressive design but still remaining faithful to the original Atlas. However, expect the production model to be a watered down version of the concept, sporting a similar if not identical styling to its 7-seater counterpart.

No details yet with regards to the powertrain of the 5-seater Atlas. It is expected that the same engine options will be carried over from the standard 7-seater variant. Currently, Volkswagen’s large SUV can be had with either a 2.0-liter four cylinder TSI turbocharged engine or a 3.6-liter VR6 which produces 280 PS. Both of which are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. 

Volkswagen will reportedly be investing over $340 million US to bring the five-seat Atlas to the market. This is in addition to the already $900 million US invested at the plant for the Atlas production. Once production begins, it will be the third model produced at the Tennessee plant along side the original Atlas and Jetta.

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