The Volkswagen Atlas arrived in 2018, and the automaker released a shorter, two-row version with a forward-leaning rear hatch in 2020 dubbed the Atlas Cross Sport. As we head into the 2022 model year, the Atlas Cross Sport will be mostly a carryover model, save for some trim level and equipment changes.
The 2022 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will continue with the same upright look forward of the C-pillars and forward-raked rear hatch it’s had since its 2020 launch. This look does just enough to set it apart from its larger Atlas SUV sibling while still nicely contrasting the brand’s swoopier Tiguan and Taos models.
There will be a few small changes to the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport’s exterior, including new machined 20-inch wheels on the SEL trim, and black 20-inch wheels, and black R-Line elements on the SEL R-Line Black trim.
Inside, the Atlas Cross Sport is all Volkswagen with its simple, functional, and clean design. The dash has very few eye-grabbing features but avoids being overly vanilla with just a few touches of style, like its flat-bottom steering. We expect this styling to continue in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.
The only notable change inside the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport will be a new standard 8-inch digital gauge cluster on the SE trim.
Under its hood, the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport will continue with the same two engine options. The base unit will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that punches out 235 horsepower. Optionally, buyers will be able to get a 276-hp 3.6-liter V6.
Both engines pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front- or all-wheel drive. We expect this to remain the same in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.
The Atlas Cross Sport hasn’t been through IIHS testing, but the standard Atlas has been. It just missed being a Top Safety Pick because of its “Marginal” standard headlights, but it received “Good” ratings in all crash tests. Standard safety gear includes automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors, but buyers can add adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a surround-view camera system. We expect the safety ratings and features to remain the same in the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no official on-sale date yet for the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport, but it should arrive soon.
The 2022 Atlas Cross Sport will drop a pair of trim levels, leaving just six trims: SE, SE w/ Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL R-Line Black, and SEL Premium R-Line.
Pricing details aren’t entirely available yet, but the 2022 Atlas Cross Sport lineup will start from $33,970 (destination fees included). If you want the V6 engine, that lineup will start from $39,890 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2021 Atlas Cross Sport