VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Previews A Stylish, Two-Row CUV

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, Automotive Editor - March 30, 2018

Production begins next year.

In 2019, Volkswagen will expand its lineup of crossover and SUVs with a production version of its Atlas Cross Sport Concept. Volkswagen debuted the five-seat concept, a shortened version of its currently-on-sale seven-seat Atlas SUV, at this week's New York International Auto Show.

The Atlas Cross Sport Concept rides on the same MQB platform that underpins everything from the current Audi A3 and TT to the Tiguan and Atlas (not to mention a bunch of stuff not sold in the US). The Atlas Cross Sport Concept's wheelbase is the same as the larger Atlas, but the overall length is seven-and-a-half inches shorter.

Many of the same design cues from the larger Atlas carry over to the smaller Cross Sport Concept. However, the shortened length gives the five-seater raked C-pillars for a coupe-like appearance.

Inside, there's a 10.1-inch touchscreen with proximity sensors and gesture control, two-dimensional and three-dimensional navigation, and the 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

The powertrain in the Atlas Cross Sport Concept is a hybrid, joining a 3.6-liter V6 to two electric motors, although we doubt it'd see production in the near-term – instead, the production Cross Sport Concept will likely borrow the current Atlas' gas-only engines with front- or all-wheel drive. But Volkswagen did leave open the possibility of electrification, saying the production version of the concept could feature a mild-hybrid system, pairing the same V6 engine with a smaller battery, making a total output of 310 hp.

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept enters production next year at the automaker's Chattanooga, Tennessee production facility.

, Automotive Editor

Anthony Alaniz is an award-winning journalist living in southeast Michigan. His professional writing career spans nearly a decade, ranging from writing for the local newspaper to Autoweek and Motor1. When he's not writing about cars, he covers the horror film genre at Modernhorrors.com.