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Volkswagen Atlas Gets a New Five-Seater Version For North America

The 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport has been presented at the company’s plant in Chattanooga (TN, USA).

A concept car debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Now it is time for a production version.

The VW Atlas Cross Sport is a five-seat crossover coupe, the third SUV derivative for North America, which is not on sale in Europe. Sportiness and versatility are its highlights.

The Atlas is well-sold on such markets as the USA, Canada, Russia, the Middle East. From its launch in 2017, Volkswagen has delivered 175,000 vehicles to customers.

The manufacturer will make a coupe version at the same production site where the standard Atlas and the Passat roll off the assembly line. It is about the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant.

The company has invested more than $2.6 billion in it and hired about 3,800 direct employees. In the future, the ID family cars will be also produced there.

The Atlas Cross Sport receives newly-designed rear bumper and lights, fresh all-LED headlamps, exterior chrome accents.

The SUV coupe is slightly shorter than the regular Atlas and shares the MQB platform with it, meaning almost the same interior space and wheelbase.

The vehicle can tow trailers up to 2.4 tons of weight. The 4MOTION all-wheel-drive and the R-Line package come as options.

The model’s engine lineup include a base 2.0-liter 235 hp (173 kW) 4-cylinder unit and an optional 276-hp (203 kW) V6, both in combination with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Eight trim levels willl be on offer: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, SEL Premium R-Line. The VW Altas Cross Sport will go on sale in spring next year. Pricing will be annoinced later on.

The current 2019 Volkswagen Atlas‘s manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) is $30,895 – $48,395. The Cross Sport version will likely be a little pricier.

Source: Volkswagen

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