VW To Unveil Sportier New 5-Seater Atlas Variant In New York

VW has announced that a brand new variant of their Atlas SUV will be unveiled at the 2018 NY Auto Show, based on the MQB platform but featuring 5 instead of 7 seats.

We have been waiting for such an announcement ever since the automaker’s North American region boss, Hinrich Woebcken, stated last year that more Atlas variants were coming. We also know that VW previously trademarked the names Atlas Allsport and Cross Sport, so this new car could very well adopt one of the two monikers.

“The Atlas has built strong momentum for Volkswagen in the SUV segment, and we are excited to grow our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled five-passenger SUV,” said Woebcken. “We are not only committed to this market, we are committed to our U.S. manufacturing home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”

While we don’t have much to go on when it comes to its styling (sketches tend to exaggerate things a lot), a Coupe-like rear end might be in play judging from that sloping roof design and relatively short C-Pillar. As for the front end design, it seems very aggressive compared to what we get with the 7-seat Atlas, almost a mixture between the latter and the Arteon.

VW will invest some $340 million in order to launch the new 5-seater Atlas, in addition to the $900 million it already invested in order to prep the Chattanooga plant for the arrival of the regular, 7-seat model.

The new 5-seat Atlas will be VW’s third model assembled there, along with the original Atlas and the Passat.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Should make the Atlas, even more popular. Not sure what the numbers are, but there’s plenty on the streets already. VW may have a hit, on it’s hands.

    • Until people realize what a reliability nightmare these VW cars are…go to Edmunds and read the new owner reviews of the new Tiguan…looks like VW hasn’t learned their lesson…

      • Randy Terpstra

        I agree, with that assessment. Though that can be applied to pretty much any German car. 😛

      • Daekwan

        Not sure about the Tiquan but in the Atlas, VW is using a 20 year old iteration of the VR6 engine, a 8spd Aisin automatic that everybody including Lexus uses and 4motion Haladex system that is now on its 5th generation. There simply isn’t much to go wrong.

        And while there are electrical gremlins that can come/go with pretty much any German vehicle.. new VW’s come with a 6yr/72K bumper to bumper warranty. The only reason to stay away from VW’s these days.. is because you cant afford one.

        • Naah…like I said, a car is useless to someone if it is always at the repair shop…go to Edmunds and read the owner reviews on the new Tiguan…knowing VW, the Atlas will be no different…

  • Puddingpopper

    TL;DR who gives a shit

    • Dr Strangefinger

      Agree. Im starting to absolutely despise all things VW.

  • xDRAN0x

    Well just start by putting a decent engine in that unmovable landmass.

  • TrevP

    What a waste. Just give us the Touareg.

    • Sébastien

      Touareg would be twice the price at least

      • TrevP

        True, but that doesn’t’ mean it wouldn’t sell.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Will make a nice, popular alternative to the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

  • Eh, will be another low-quality piece of junk VW dumps on the American market…

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