German premium carmaker, Volkswagen has unveiled a new five-seater Atlas Cross Sport concept at the 2018 New York Motor Show. The compact will launch a new five-seater variant of its Atlas SUV based on this concept. For people not in the known, the Atlas is currently available in 7-seat avatar in North America, Russia and China.
The new model will be produced alongside the seven-seater Atlas SUV at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. It will be launched as an affordable alternative to the likes of the BMW X6. Like the 7-seater model, it will be based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform.
The new Atlas Cross Sport concept looks largely identical to the outgoing bigger model, but it has subtle design upgrades to offer a refreshing look. Up front is a new bold grille with LED light bands and illuminated badge that act as DRLs, new bumper, wider central air duct and large out air ducts. The Atlas Cross Sport comes with a contoured bonnet, heavily raked windscreen, plunging roofline, and racier C-pillar. The prominent wheel arches have been fitted to 22-inch wheels shod with 285/45 tyres. The rear features a pair of high-set LED tail-lamps and a large tailgate that features an aerodynamic enhancing spoiler. Also See – Upcoming Volkswagen Cars
In terms of dimensions, the new Atlas Cross Sport is 4847mm in length, 2030mm in width and 1736mm in height. It is 190mm shorter, 41mm wider and 42mm lower than the existing Atlas SUV. The wheelbase remains unchanged, which stands at 2980mm. The new Atlas Cross Sport also previews a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is developed by VW as an option to the existing gasoline engines offered in the Atlas SUV.
The new plug-in hybrid powertrain uses a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine producing 272bhp and 350Nm of torque. This engine is coupled with two electric motors – one mounted at the front developing 56bhp and 220Nm and another at the rear with 112bhp and 270Nm. The gasoline engine and front electric motor drives power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, while the rear electric motor powers the rear wheels, making the new Volkswagen models with four-wheel drive capability. Also See – Volkswagen T-Cross Breeze SUV Is India Bound