Volkswagen continues its crossover rush in the U.S. with the reveal of the new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport. This coupe-like crossover is more than just a sawed-off Atlas. Here’s what to expect from the new Atlas Cross Sport.
On the outside, the Atlas Cross Sport takes a lot of cues from its donor vehicle, the three-row Atlas, but it gets a handful of updates. It boasts a revised three-bar chrome grille, a new signature front lighting scheme, an updated hood, and a more aggressive front bumper. Around back, this model boasts updated taillights and bumper. Aside from the soft-part changes, the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport is 2.8 inches shorter and 2.3 inches lower than its source material.
Inside, the Atlas Cross Sport drops the Atlas’ three-row setup in favor of a two-row seating arrangement that enhances its cargo-carrying prowess to 40.3 cubic feet behind the rear seat. With the seats folded, this space increases to 78.3 cubes. The Cross Sport also gains a new steering wheel with updated controls, new stitching in the doors and seats, available wireless charging for mobile devices, and more.
Under its hood, buyers will have a pair of engine options, including a 276-horsepower V6 or a 235-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine. These engines pair with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. For the first time, all-wheel-drive will be an option with either engine. Thus far, the standard Atlas turbo has only been available in a front-wheel-drive configuration. In addition, the Cross Sport will offer the turbo in all trims as opposed to just the least-expensive styles.
There are no safety tests for the upcoming Atlas Cross Sport, but we can look to the larger three-row donor vehicle for a good idea of what to expect. The current Atlas received “Good” ratings in all crash tests and a “Superior” rating in forward-crash avoidance with its standard automatic emergency braking. The only hang-ups were its “Marginal” and “Poor” headlight ratings. With no big structural differences between it and the Atlas, we will the Cross Sport’s safety ratings mirror the Atlas. This sportier model will, however, gain two new advanced safety features: Traffic Jam Assist and Dynamic Road Sign Display.
Stay tuned for a full review closer to launch.