Volkswagen to build 5-passenger SUV based on Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas five-passenger concept

Volkswagen announced on Monday that it will build a five-passenger SUV based on the Atlas. Volkswagen’s press release says the new SUV will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas, and it will be be designed and engineered for the American market, just like the current Atlas.

VW didn’t say if the new model will also be called Atlas or if it will have a new name.

A concept version of the new model will be shown at the New York auto show later this month, and Volkswagen has released an illustration of that vehicle (see above). The concept seems to just show a shorter version of the current vehicle, though like all design sketches, it has larger wheels and sportier proportions. We also see a more attractive grille that dips down instead of shooting straight across, larger front air intakes, and sleeker roofline that drops down a bit in the rear.

A shorter, five-passenger Atlas would compete against models like the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Nissan Murano instead of the three-row version’s Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer rivals.

Like the current Atlas, the new model will be based on the MQB platform that is also used for the current Golf, Passat, and Tiguan.

MQB is a front-wheel-drive-based platform that also offers all-wheel drive. The current Atlas is available with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 238 horsepower or a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6. Pricing starts just over $31,000.

The five-passenger SUV will join the seven-passenger Atlas and the Passat as the third model built at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, manufacturing plant. Volkswagen will invest $340 million into the facility to build the new model, after investing $900 million to build the Atlas. The Atlas went on sale last year.

Read also:
VW Group hints at possible leadership changes, including CEO position

No on-sale date has been given for the new five-passenger Atlas.

Check Also

BMW iX3 electric SUV concept debuts in Beijing with 250-mile range

BMW will launch an electric version of its X3 in 2020 and we got our first taste on Wednesday in the form of a concept at the 2018 Beijing auto show. The Concept iX3 on show in the Chinese capital hints at some of the subtle styling cues BMW plans for electric versions of its core models, of which there will be many, but more importantly the concept also...

German firm readies Range Rover 6×6 pickup

The Range Rover to end all Range Rovers cometh. T.Fotiadis Design, a company based in Berlin, Germany that normally crafts luxury yachts and high-end residential interiors, has plans for a Range Rover 6x6 pickup truck dubbed the SLT. But where a similar vehicle like Mercedes-AMG's G63 6x6 is all about performance, T.Fotiadis' SLT not only maximizes...