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2019 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - March 30, 2018

Model Preview

Volkswagen is working hard to makes itself relevant in the super-profitable crossover segment after years of missing the mark with the too-expensive Touareg and the too-small Tiguan. The Atlas seems to be leading this charge, and a new version, the 2019 Atlas Cross Sport will keep the momentum going.

At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen showed off a concept version this new five-passenger version of the Atlas. Sure, it hauls fewer passengers than the standard Atlas, but it also boasts a sporty coupe-like roofline and a more aggressive stance. This near-production concept SUV rolls in at 190.8 inches long, 68.3 inches tall, and 79.9 inches wide, making it 7.5 inches shorter in length, 1.7 inches shorter in height, and 1.7 inches wider than the current Atlas.

Inside, the concept boasts a horizontal design that gives the already-roomy cabin a wider look. Other features included in the concept are a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital cockpit, an active control shift lever for the 4MOTION all-wheel-drive, and more.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept

Under its hood, the concept model has a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque with a two-motor system that injects 54 hp and 162 lb-ft from its front motor, and 114 hp and 199 lb-ft from its rear motor. This adds up to a system output of 355 hp. This launches the Atlas Cross Sport to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, and its 18-kWh battery lets it travel 26 miles on electricity alone. The other powertrain VW mentions is a mild hybrid that uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and electric motors to produce 310 hp. Even this setup will be peppy with its 6.5-second sprint to 60 mph. In production, we expect a gas-only model and the hybrid initially -- the plug-in model will come later, if at all.

While there are no details on the Atlas Cross Sport’s safety equipment, we see no reason for it to vary from the base Atlas. If this proves true, look for the Atlas Cross Sport to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Pricing & Release Date

Volkswagen expects to kick off the Atlas Cross Sport’s production in 2019.

There are no pricing details for the production Atlas Cross Sport, but we expect it to start slightly lower than the seven-passenger Atlas, which ranges from $31,675 to $49,665 (destination fees included).

The key competitors for the Atlas Cross Sport include the Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, and Honda Pilot.

Learn about the current Atlas on sale now »

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Pictured: Atlas Cross Sport Concept

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept

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