VW Atlas Crossover Coupe Gets Final Teaser Ahead Of Tuesday’s Unveiling

Volkswagen has released the final teaser image of the five-seat Atlas concept ahead of its official unveiling tomorrow.

Set to become one of the stars at the New York Auto Show, the latest teaser image doesn’t reveal much but the crossover will be a sportier take on the standard model which went on sale in the United States last year.

Volkswagen says the concept is a “near-production” model that will feature a coupe-like roofline and “powerful proportions with a confident presence.” Judging by the teaser images, the crossover will have a unique front fascia with a three-bar grille and slimmer headlights. The bulging wheel arches carryover but the model will have a sportier front bumper with a larger air intake. The concept also boasts more dynamic bodywork, a gently sloping roof and angular C-pillars.

The crossover will ride on the MQB platform and Volkswagen has previously said the model has been “designed and engineered for the American market.” Despite being a concept, Volkswagen has already confirmed plans for a production variant and the company will invest approximately $340 million to bring the vehicle to market. It will be produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee alongside the Passat and the seven-seat Atlas.

VW Atlas 7-seat version

Specifications remain unconfirmed but the company has already said the production model will come equipped with advanced engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. Engine options will likely carryover from the standard model so expect choices to include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 235 hp (175 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. There should also be a 3.6-liter VR6 with 276 hp (205 kW) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of what’s under the hood, Volkswagen says the crossover will have a comfortable suspension as well as a “comprehensive line-up of driver assistance systems.” The latter items include adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, park assist, a blind spot monitoring system and a forward collision warning system with emergency braking.

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  • Autoexperte

    a Touareg with another front end?

  • Patrick D Booth
    • Nordschleife

      I was going to say wouldn’t it be funny if it looked like a Toureag couple and well this looks like both a Toureag and a Tiguan and a T-Roc.

  • Chris

    Does the 3.6 liter VR6 rumor has any legitimate source or it just good old content writing? I would be surprised if it would be a thing in 2018, although I would be happy to be proved wrong.

  • ErnieB

    This is my favorite of the bunch though..

  • O123

    Can vw really afford to stuff around with concepts? They need product asap

    • Archknight77

      Their concepts lately have been thinly veiled production models, so I think they are well worth it.

  • Archknight77

    Since the US won’t get the new Touareg, hopefully a lot of its interior rolls over to this model. As for the engine, the VW 2.0T is more than capable of producing more power than the VR6, so they could forego it and place this with similar power to the Arteon. The only reason to buy the VR6 engine at the moment is because you can’t get an Atlas with AWD without it.

    • There is no replacement for displacement…size does matter…a 4-Cyl will never be as smooth as a 6-8-12 cylinder engine…

      • Rick Alexander

        While I agree, you’re not gonna find a 6-8-12 cylinder engine as efficient as a turbo 4 cylinder. At least at the moment. Right now, you have 4 cylinder engines outperforming 6 cylinder engines in the market and on the track. Just ask Porsche. You’re never gonna get a 4 banger to sound as good as a 6 or 8 cylinder mill, but until gas prices drop (don’t hold your breath) 4 cylinders will eventually rid the market of 6 cylinder engines, then 8.

        • True, but it’s a fallacy that there is a shortage of oil. There is enough oil for the next 1,000 years…what’s changed are environmental concerns about carbon in our air and resulting environmental effects…the ICE will still be around for a very long time…

    • nellydesign

      It’ll likely get the same interior as the Atlas. And that interior is… not pleasant…

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