2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Production Model Spotted Undisguised

Volkswagen introduced the Atlas Cross Sport concept at the New York Auto Show earlier this year and a prototype of the production model has been spotted in China.

Spotted by China’s Autohome, the pictures reveal the production model will closely echo the concept as the only noticeable changes are a more conservative rear bumper and door handles which are now located above the character line rather than integrated into it. The taillights have also been modified as they now extend further into the tailgate before tapering off.

While the changes are relatively minor, the model is still recognizable as an Atlas as it features squared off wheel arches and plastic body cladding. The model also features an angular rear pillar which effectively makes the Atlas Cross Sport a mainstream version of the Audi Q8.

Volkswagen has already announced the Atlas Cross Sport will go into production next year and be built at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It will be made alongside the standard Atlas and the North American Passat.

While the concept featured a plug-in hybrid powertrain, that consisted of a 3.6-liter V6 engine and two electric motors, the production model is expected to share engine options with the standard Atlas. As a result, we can expect an entry-level model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 235 hp (175 kW / 238 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. Like the Atlas, the base version of the Atlas Cross Sport could be available exclusively with front-wheel drive.

Of course, we can also expect a 3.6-liter VR6 engine that develops 276 hp (205 kW / 279 PS) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque. It should be paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be connected to either a front- or optional all-wheel drive system.

Pricing remains unconfirmed, but the five-seat Atlas Cross Sport should slot between the $24,295 Tiguan and $30,895 Atlas.

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  • Mike Gonzalez

    Hmmm proportions of the c-pillar look really weird

    • salamOOn

      half of it its done by masking tape….

    • Jeremy Robinson

      I agree the image with no camo looks distorted around the C-pillar and tail light, The tail light slopes downward for some odd reason, and the end of the rear passenger window doesn’t match with the Concept version which already looked production ready. Even the camo version does not show sloping tail lights so I think its a bad picture or has been shopped. Will need to wait for better quality photos.

      • ScubaScuba

        the taillight is still disguised

  • Honda NSX-R

    This will sell like hot cakes in China

  • Robinson Armament

    The problem with the current Atlas is the sluggish and ancient VR6. A turbocharged VR6 is long overdue. I am still driving my Touareg TDI. I’d love the Cross with some pep. The 4 cylinder turbo with AWD may be peppy enough.

    • James Murphy

      I agree. They need to increase the power of the 2.0 engine and offer it with optional AWD. Then get rid of the current V6 and put in one of their newer turbo V6 engines. I feel like VW keeps holding back on all their new powertrains for the US. We keep getting weak and underpowered vehicles.

  • Evan Adams

    I wonder if the hybrid will push gvwr past 6000# for taxes?

  • SteersUright

    VW’s SUVs/CUVs are all show and no go until Porsche gets a hold of them. Shame. I’d like a lower price alternative to the Macan and don’t need the P badge on my car.

  • Six_Tymes

    Do they offer discounts on the pre-production models they sell? “HA-HA”

    • Belthronding

      it is probably no problem for potential vw customers

  • Cobrajet

    I want the Touareg, not this stupid shit.

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