The crossover coupe craze is spreading to mainstream automakers as Volkswagen will unveil the Teramont Coupe at the Shanghai Auto Show next week.
Previewed by last year’s Atlas Cross Sport concept, the production model was recently spied undisguised in China. It echoes the original show car and is instantly recognizable as an Atlas / Teramont.
Despite the styling similarities, the Teramont Coupe has a slightly revised grille that now extends beneath the slimmer headlights. Designers also installed a sportier front bumper which features a black surround, honeycomb mesh inserts and a stylish chrome accent.
The squared off fender flares carryover from the standard model, but the coupe has a more steeply sloping roof and unique rear doors. The crossover has also been equipped front fender vents, painted side skirts and a sportier rear pillar. The tailgate is also brand new as it has steeply raked rear window and a unique spoiler. We can also see new taillights, wraparound chrome trim and a sportier rear bumper.
Unsurprisingly, the interior largely carries over. However, the coupe has a new flat-bottomed steering wheel, revised trim and stainless steel pedals.
While the model shown here is the Chinese-spec Teramont Coupe, the US-spec crossover should be nearly identical. Volkswagen has already confirmed it will be launched later this year and built alongside the standard Atlas in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Volkswagen hasn’t said much about the model, but the concept measured 190.8 inches (4846 mm) long, 79.9 inches (2029 mm) wide and 68.3 inches (1735 mm) tall. This means the coupe was 7.5 inches (190.5 mm) shorter than the standard Atlas, despite sharing the same wheelbase.
Engine options should carry over and US customers can expect an entry-level model with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 235 hp (175 kW / 238 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque. This should also be a 3.6-liter V6 developing 276 hp (206 kW / 280 PS) and 266 lb-ft (360 Nm) of torque.