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.
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.