SUV-Crazy Volkswagen Previews a Future Offering, the Atlas Cross Sport Concept

March 28, 2018

Volkswagen has not been shy about saying that it is gearing up for a future filled with electrified crossovers and SUVs. To prove just how serious it is, the German carmaker has just revealed the Atlas Cross Sport Concept at the New York Auto Show.

As the name suggests, it is a derivative of the current seven-seat Atlas. This one, however, is a preview of an upcoming five-seat version that features quite a few tech goodies and other amenities. Take for instance the unique exterior details like the illuminated grille that lights up together with the LED headlights and daytime running lamps. Then there’s the almost 45-degree C-pillar, 22-inch alloy wheels, and flared wheel arches All these give the SUV a sporty touch.

The Atlas  Cross Sport Concept is shorter than its 7-seat sibling with equally shorter overhangs The wheelbase, however, remains the same.

More tech can be seen underneath the skin. The SUV will be powered by a 3.6-liter VR6 motor producing 280hp and 360Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, as well as 4Motion Active Control. It also boasts two electric motors located on the front and rear axles. This lets it run on either gas-electric or fully-electric power.

Speaking of driving, the person behind can choose between five driving modes: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE< Battery Hold, and Off-Road. The 4Motion Active Control, meanwhile, allows drivers to toggle between Comfort, Eco, Sludge, Rocks, Sport, Gravel, and Snow.

More tech can be seen on the inside. Sure, the usual 12.3inch digital cockpit and 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen make their way here. What makes this concept special are Gesture Control and Proximity Sensor that makes using the system much easier and more intuitive—sometimes in the literal sense.

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept debuts at this year’s New Yrok Auto Show that begins on March 28. While no word has been given on when it will enter production, we can expect to see it sometime next year.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.