VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept Is The People’s BMW X6

Volkswagen is previewing the next step in its crossover offensive in North America with the presentation of the five-seat Atlas Cross Sport concept.

Set to debut at the New York Auto Show, the crossover is a near-production concept which previews a model that will be launched in the United States next year.

As the name suggests, the crossover is based on the seven-seat Atlas but it features a sportier exterior with a unique front fascia and distinctive LED headlights. Bigger changes occur farther back as concept adopts a rakish windscreen, a sloping roof and angular C-pillars.

Other notable styling details include muscular wheel arches, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and 22-inch aluminum wheels.

The concept is based on the 7-seater VW Atlas

The overall design is more striking than the standard Atlas and this is partially due to its smaller size. Overall, the concept measures 190.8 inches (4846mm) long, 68.3 inches (1734mm) tall and 79.9 inches (2029mm) wide. For comparison, the seven-seat Atlas is 198.3 inches (5036mm) long, 70.0 inches (1778mm) tall and 78.3 inches (1989mm) wide.

VW loves digital displays

While the interior design isn’t as flashy as the one used on the new Touareg, it features a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system which has proximity sensors for gesture control. The concept also has a third display which provides access to the climate control settings as well as the heated and ventilated seat functions.

The stylish two-tone cabin also has brushed aluminum trim, metallic accents and piano black surfaces. There’s also a luxurious steering wheel and a 4MOTION Active Control knob that provides easy access to the on-road, off-road, sport and snow settings.

What’s hiding under the hood?

The concept is equipped with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 3.6-liter V6 engine, two electric motors and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. This enables the crossover to produce a combined maximum output of 355 hp (264 kW). Volkswagen says this should enable the model to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, hit a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h) and travel up to 26 miles (41.8 km) on electricity alone.

Interestingly, Volkswagen hinted at the possibility of a traditional hybrid which would use the same powertrain but adopt a smaller 2.0 kWh battery. The company says this particular variant would be rated at 310 hp (231 kW) and could run from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds before topping out at 130 mph (209 km/h).

Made (and sold) in the USA

Volkswagen didn’t say much about the production model but it will be based on the MQB platform and built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The automaker has also hinted the model will come with advanced engines, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.

Article updated with live images from the NY Auto Show

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  • Soob

    didn’t the production version just get revealed in china?

    • C172fccc

      Looks like it might not be the same thing after all. When comparing the two, they look quite different.

      • Soob

        Yeah true.

    • Merc1

      No that was the Touareg.


      • C172fccc

        No, he’s talking about the Volkswagen Advanced Mid-Size SUV which is also a “small” Atlas.

  • eb110americana

    I like the vents on the dash. The outside just seems like a slightly more sporty rake to the rear glass and incrementally lower roof at the rear. Really nothing revolutionary or “coupe-like” to me though. Has a bit of Grand Cherokee feel to it.

  • caddy45

    The back end looks like a Bentayga from the side profile view. Lol

  • ErnieB

    I like it! Nice looking interior too!

    • Autoexperte

      it get the same interior like the Atlas with conventional airvents and steering wheel

  • Nordschleife

    The back looks like the Urus/Q8 but I do like this. VW would be at almost rockstar status if they would bring the LED front light treatment to the production model even as an option. Overall I like this.

  • charlie bear

    If the next 5 seater Atlas looks like this, VW has a winner on its hands, looks fresh and sportier. I like the front design.

  • ErnieB

    Can they now refresh the atlas interior?

    • Autoexperte

      this is a concept car

      • ErnieB

        Ahh.. you are right.. it just looks production ready..

  • klowik

    This looks more practical..the line is not raked too much towards the end..

  • Autoexperte


  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks great

  • DBP

    The interior that should have been in the full size Atlas! Very nice though…I like it!

  • TrevP

    I am still going to be butt hurt about the Touareg not coming to the U.S….but this will work… (:

  • MarketAndChurch

    As good as I thought it would be, plus Europe can keep the Touareg, I’d rather have this. Hopefully Jeep will have an all-new Grand Cherokee before 2020 because this thing will be hard to stop.

    • What’s their plans on replacing Grand Cherokee I wonder, a lot of positions and I think Grand Wagoneer got delayed as well?

  • haudit

    I wouldn’t go getting too excited just yet. Remember what the original concept for what became the Atlas looked like?


    And we all know how that turned out, don’t we?

  • Zandit75

    I hope BMW and Mercedes are watching. This is much better looking in profile than the X4/6 and GLC/E models they offer.

    • Merc1

      Why would they care when the production VW won’t look like this or nearly as good? .


  • Hot Twink

    The people’s BMW X6? If only. The X6 is longitudinal rear-wheel drive.

    This Atlas “lite” will be a nose heavy transverse front-wheel drive porker. Those thinking it will rear-wheel drive based will be sadly disappointed.

  • It will look nothing like that…what we will get was debuted in China last week…

  • C172fccc

    So… I just noticed that this is pretty much a facelift of the 2015 Cross Coupe GTE Concept with a refreshed interior…

  • Karl

    Looks very Ford Edge Sport to me..

  • Harry_Wild

    “the concept measures 190.8 inches (4846mm) long, 68.3 inches (1734mm) tall and 79.9 inches (2029mm) wide.”

    Exactly what I want; a wider crossover so I can load stuff in the back!

  • Bash

    Maybe, just Maybe it can use a little bit thicker steering wheel. I have to see it in person to better judge.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Not as bad as the other German humpbacks.

  • Waleesa1

    In other words, a cheaper Audi Q8.

  • Yilmaz Yasar

    Volkswagen das copy paste

    • Autoexperte

      with cheat device

  • TheHake

    WOW!!!! Now THIS is the VW I want!!!

  • exeptor

    I think that this design represents the actual production look of the I.D. family.

  • Krzysztof Woźniak

    While it’s natural to compare this car to the production Atlas and the Advanced Mid-size SUV recently revealed in China, the truth is more prosaic – this is the Cross Coupe GTE concept from three (!) years ago, very gently updated with a new paint job, new front light, grille and bumper, new rear bumper, new wheels and a few interior accent points. That’s it. As such, it is unfortunately not as close to the production 5-door Atlas as many may hope – after all, this car remains nicely handsome and masculine despite the three years that have passed. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1d93e596fed2a1f50e52c09bf092d9c2cf793da2b7bd4e5a698cc09adfa4ba57.jpg

  • ivan

    Cut price q8/urus

  • botornot387

    This is HOT!

  • SteersUright

    Its definitely handsome but almost too conservative and still looks too much like the Atlas. Should’ve differentiated it more and made it even sleeker.

    • Yep, modern car design is too closely related these days.

  • TrevP

    The first VW with the gas cap on the drivers side???

  • salamOOn

    its not “The People’s BMW X6” , because it looks better than X6….

    just put velar doorhandles on that car and sell it….

  • MarkoS

    The Tanoak stole all of its thunder and then some.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I prefer the Grand Cherokee comparison over the X6. This looks stunning, even better in these photos than I thought it would be, and this coming from someone who was a fan of the original sketches.

  • botornot387

    The peoples choice looks better than its ancestors LOL

  • I have to say that it’s one of the better looking SUV Coupes…much better than BMW and M-B and it has elements of the Lamborghini Urus…this may be their best selling SUV once it’s launched.

  • no25

    So slanting the the D Pillar slightly means “Crossover Coupe” now?

  • SteersUright

    Sold on that interior!

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    This should’ve been the new Toureag

  • I’m still not convinced in the front, can they make it unique and less wide grille?

  • Miknik

    The X6 sells to a certain kind of people because it has an expensive badge, and the flat hatchback says “I drive a big car without any usability because I can afford it”. I think the typical customer is very keen on both points, afetr all Mercedes did copy teh deisgn language for both GLE and GLC “coupes”. This has neither, so it’s not really a X6 fighter, more a large Tiguan.

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