Volkswagen has alien a close-to-production abstraction called the Atlas Cross Sport on the eve of the 2018 New York Auto Show. The architecture abstraction previews a abate adaptation of the Atlas with bristles seats instead of seven, and it represents the abutting footfall in the brand’s all-important SUV offensive.
Designed in America for Americans, the Cross Sport stretches 7.5 inches beneath than the three-row Atlas currently begin in showrooms. The two SUVs allotment the above wheelbase because they both ride on Volkswagen’s shockingly modular MQB platform. The abstraction stands out from its bigger affinity acknowledgment to a added high-tech architecture characterized by a ablaze bar upfront and aflame emblems on both ends. It additionally boasts a sportier contour absolute by a fast-sloping D-pillar and a roof-mounted spoiler. Twenty-two-inch admixture auto tucked beneath arresting caster arches add a able-bodied blow to the look.
Step central and you’ll apprehension Volkswagen gave the Cross Sport three high-resolution screens, a bureaucracy agnate to the one begin in contempo Audi models like the second-generation A7. The aboriginal one occupies the amplitude appropriate abaft the council wheel. It replaces the apparatus array and displays basic advice about the car and its ambience including speed, range, and aeronautics data. The cartoon change depending on the drive approach selected. The additional awning shows the ball and connectivity options. It boasts adjacency sensors and action ascendancy technology. The third groups the altitude ascendancy functions.
Though Volkswagen stresses it’s still a concept, the Atlas Cross Sport best acceptable previews the abutting bearing of the company’s infotainment technology. What you see actuality is what you’ll get in a few years’ time.
The Cross Sport uses a constituent amalgam powertrain congenital about the banal Atlas’ 3.6-liter V6 engine, a assemblage that makes 276 appliance on its own. In this application, it works with a brace of electric motors affiliated to an 18-kWh lithium-ion array backpack to accelerate 355 hp to all four auto admitting Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system. It performs the criterion zero-to-60-mph dart in a active 5.4 seconds. It’s additionally able of active on electricity abandoned for up to 26 miles.
Volkswagen doesn’t try to adumbrate the actuality that the Atlas Cross Sport is already able-bodied on its way to assembly abaft the scenes. We’ll see a hardly ashen adaptation of the architecture abstraction in showrooms at some point afore the end of abutting year. The aggregation hints the yet-unnamed archetypal — “Atlas Cross Sport” best acceptable won’t accomplish the cut — will action a balmy amalgam powertrain acquainted to accelerate 310 hp to the four wheels. The above V6 and a turbo four will annular out the powertrain palette.
Atlas Cross Sport assembly will booty abode in Chattanooga, Tennessee, alongside the seven-seater Atlas and the Passat sedan. Admitting appraisement hasn’t been appear yet, we apprehend it will alpha beneath $30,000.
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