VW Atlas Cross Sport

 

Overview

Volkswagen has a smaller and sleeker version of the current seven-passenger Atlas SUV in the works: the five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport. This midsized crossover will have the same wheelbase as the full-sized Atlas, but it will be nearly 3 inches shorter and lower. With available all-wheel drive, it will take on New England weather like a champ, while mixing good looks, pleasing power, and superior utility in a compact package. VW will include an upgraded R Line version with more amenities than the basic trim levels offer. You can expect to see this all-new model rolling in to dealerships in spring of 2020.

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What’s It Like?

Much like other VW models, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will be built on the MQB platform, but with some unique touches. Both the headlights and taillights are distinct from the larger Atlas’s, and the LED daytime running lights are built into the grille and VW logo. This beautiful machine also gets a more dramatic and sportier coupe-like roofline in the rear, and the third row of seating found in the full-sized Atlas is left off in the Cross Sport, freeing up desirable cargo space.

Under the hood of the base Atlas Cross Sport, there’ll be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine making 235 horsepower and 258 pounds-feet of torque. A more robust naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V6 (276 hp and 266 lb.-ft. of torque) will be made available after the initial production of the turbocharged version. Both powerplants will get the same transmission – an efficient eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive or the optional advanced 4MOTION all-wheel drive system (which offers seven drive modes, ranging from Eco and Comfort to Snow and Sludge & Sand) can be included for either engine configuration. The maximum towing capacity on V6-equipped Atlas Cross Sport models will be 5,000 pounds.


 

 

Optional Amenities

This is, of course, a modern vehicle, and VW will make all of the latest and greatest technology available on it, including the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with its 10-inch screen. Wireless device charging and full connectivity capability will be offered, as will a complete array of driver-assist features, such as adaptive cruise control and VW’s Traffic Jam Assist. There will also be an option for a panoramic moonroof that’s nearly 5 feet long. And, since this is a Volkswagen, it’s made for winter driving. That means heated seats in the front row will surely be available, and it won’t be a surprise if heated rear outboard seats and a heated steering wheel are offered as well.