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…

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Sprints To 170 Mph Very, Very Fast

With a 503 HP from the Ferrari-tuned V6 and all-wheel drive, it can humble many sports cars.

Jeep Wrangler Takes Out Cherokee In Snow Storm And Runs Away

The driver of the Cherokee didn’t see the Wrangler’s rear plate – and, what’s worse, it wasn’t wearing a front one…

Spending $45k On A First-Gen, Used F-150 Raptor Makes Perfect Sense

The original Raptor isn’t just an incredibly fun truck, it’s also a great financial decision.

2020 Range Rover Evoque II: Looks, Engines And Everything Else We Know

Here’s a sneak peek at the second generation Range Rover Evoque before its Nov 22 debut.

Le Mans-Winning McLaren F1 GTR Driven By Mika Hakkinen At Laguna Seca

The Flying Finn drove the F1 that claimed the victory at La Sarthe in its first-ever attempt.

After The U.S., Smart Is Ditching Gasoline Engines In Europe Next Year

Customers in Germany have until March 31, 2019 to order a gasoline-powered Smart as the company will go full-electric from 2020.

Next Citroen C4 Cactus Expected In 2020 With Battery-Electric Option

The C4 Cactus will be significantly upgraded in two years’ time, moving to the new CMP platform and adopting a zero-emission powertrain.

Germany’s Diesel Ban Is Starting To Expand To Autobahn Network

A German court ruled in favor of banning older diesel cars on sections of the heavily-used A40 highway.

Opel To Launch Eight New Models In The Next Two Years, Starting With The Electric Corsa

The eCorsa and Grandland X PHEV are only two of the electrified models planned by Opel.

Dallara Stradale Is The Perfect Car For The Off-Duty Racing Driver

You really need to know what you’re doing when driving a 395-hp car that weighs just 855 kg (1,885 lbs).