2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Spied Getting Acquainted With U.S. Roads

Following last month’s spy shots of the VW Atlas Cross Sport sent by one of our readers from Arizona, we can now show you a new set of images, this time courtesy of our photographers.

The two-row variant of the Atlas SUV has been spotted in the U.S. once again but unfortunately, prototypes continue to be fully wrapped in camouflage — only the windshield and the front lateral windows are undisguised.

Despite that, we can see that the midsize SUV has a familiar silhouette, especially if you’ve seen the VW Teramont X recently unveiled in China. Both the Teramont X and its American counterpart are inspired by the Cross Coupe GTE and the Atlas Cross Sport concepts from 2015 and 2018, respectively.

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

Compared to said studies, the production model gets slightly toned-down front and rear bumpers, as well as simplified light units. However, the sportier proportions stay largely the same. The Atlas Cross Sport isn’t quite identical with the Teramont X, though. The design of the front fascia is different, as is the LED signature of the taillights.

VW Teramont X 5
China-spec VW Teramont X

The VW Atlas Cross Sport is expected to retain the regular Atlas’ 117.3-inch (2,984-mm) wheelbase for production costs reasons. However, it is shorter than the three-row model — by about 7.5 inches (190 mm). The Cross Sport is also 1.7 inches (43 mm) lower and 1.6 inches (41 mm) wider for a more dynamic stance. Additionally, distinctive design cues include the more sloping roofline and more steeply-raked rear window. Overall, it looks more athletic than the Atlas, although this particular prototype has ditched the concept’s massive 22-inch wheels for smaller ones.

Under the hood, the VW Atlas Cross Sport will share powertrain choices with the larger Atlas. That shouldn’t be surprising given that the Cross Sport will be built alongside the three-row model at the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The standard choice will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 235 hp, with a 276 hp 3.6-liter V6 available as an option. There are also rumors of a 310 hp hybrid system but those haven’t been officially confirmed.

The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport will go into production later this year and will represent the automaker’s answer to the Chevrolet Blazer, Ford Edge, and other similar models. The public debut is likely to take place at the LA Auto Show in November.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Jason Panamera

    Urus for poor people.

    • ErnieB

      For the poor in upper middle class you mean.. yeah.. I know.. I am still broke

      • Jason Panamera

        Pardon ? * Covering his window with Plebs isolator ( windows shades ) and driving away being chauffeured in his Skoda Superb *

        • ErnieB


    • Rocket

      Not even close. That would be the Touareg. This is more like a giant Golf, but without the grins.

      • Jason Panamera

        Then Q8 for poor people.

        • Rocket

          Sorry, but not the Q8, either. The Touareg, Q8, Cayenne, Bentayga and Urus are all MLB platform-mates. The MQB-based Atlas is completely unrelated to those well-engineered machines.

          • Jason Panamera

            Oh c’mon. I am fooling around. Atlas is so ugly that I can’t figure out who came out with idea of making coupe body of this. Even VW designers weren’t pleased what they were told to do and what they created.

      • Cobrajet

        It should be the Touareg, not this junk they are making.

  • I am not digging that Road-Train look, rearward from the B-Pillar.

  • alexxx

    Don’t bother unwrapping…

  • Leconte Dave


  • Rocket

    Wishful thinking. If they didn’t certify that engine for the Atlas, which really needs it, I can’t imagine why they’d bother dong so for this two-row version.

  • MarkoS

    The Concept was not that far out there and this is not near close enough. If this is what VW would do with the Tanoak Concept don’t bother bringing it.

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