Marcus De Guzman / Volkswagen | August 23, 2018 16:26
Volkswagen's newest SUV will come in the form of the Atlas Cross Sport
Remember when Volkswagen revealed two new stylish concepts during the 2018 New York Auto Show? Well it looks like the Wolfsburg-based automaker will officially be making one of those concepts a reality.
Set to make its public debut at this year's Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, Volkswagen will be unveiling a near series production of the Atlas Cross Sport Concept. Essentially a two-row version of the three-row Atlas, the Cross Sport Concept previews a five-seater variant of the Atlas that mixes style, comfort and high-tech into one.
It sits on the same MQB platform and comes with same wheelbase as the original Atlas. However, it is shorter in length which allows it to have shorter overhangs for a sportier look. It also has a futuristic cabin that is dominated by two digital monitors, a 12.3-inch multi-info display and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment.
Under the hood is a 3.6-liter VR6 that produces a healthy 283 PS and 360 Nm of torque. It is helped along by two electric motors which allows it to run either on pure electricity or as a plug-in hybrid. There is also another version without an external battery function which makes it a traditional hybrid. However, it produces more power at 314 PS.
There is no word yet as to which of the powertrains will be used for the series model.
While the Atlas Cross Sport has been greenlit for production, the pickup truck version dubbed 'Atlas Tanaok' is still being reviewed. It represents the brand's initiative to make a pickup truck based on the MQB platform instead of a traditional ladder-frame chassis. The Atlas Tanaok features similar styling from Cross Sport but gets a more sculpted and rugged appearance.
Like its crossover sibling, the Atlas Tanaok also comes with a futuristic interior that blends both high-tech and comfort. Pop the hood and out comes a 3.6-liter V6 that pushes 276 PS and 361 Nm of torque. It is then mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission which drives all four wheels.
The Volkswagen Atlast Cross Sport will be built by at the company's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant where the Atlas is also being made.