Five-seat VW Atlas Cross Sport concept takes on NYIAS 2018 | CAR Magazine

Five-seat VW Atlas Cross Sport concept takes on NYIAS 2018

Published: 28 March 2018

► VW Atlas Cross Concept
► Five-seat SUV concept
► Production model due in 2019

VW is cranking out enough SUVs for the whole industry, let alone just the one brand. This is the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept – a five-seat, coupe-like version of the so-called ‘mid-size’ Atlas SUV in the States. 

You can see why VW wants to keep the SUV gravy train going across the pond – 54% of VW USA customers bought a Tiguan or Atlas in February 2018. The Atlas Cross Sport is designed to bridge the gap between those two, providing SUV punters reason not to buy a BMW X4, for example. 

Along with the coupe profile, other design cues include illuminated grille bars – it is a concept remember – plus a finned rear spoiler and matte silver grille fins. Inside, the cockpit has a similar layout and style to that of the all-new Touareg, with an enormous screen dominating the clean dashboard, slab-like gear selector and drive mode dial.

The Cross Sport runs on VW’s MQB architecture and uses a 3.6-litre FSI engine already found in the regular Atlas, but mated to two electric motors to boost power for a GTE drive system. All in all, the hybridised powertrain makes 355bhp, and VW claims an EV range of up to 26 miles from the 18kWh battery.

This won’t just remain a concept, mind – VW has already confirmed that it will make production alongside the Passat and Atlas at VW’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. We’ll see the production version in 2019.

By Jake Groves

CAR's deputy news editor, gamer, serial Lego-ist, lover of hot hatches