2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Adds Itself To SUV Coupe Segment

VW just unveiled the all-new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport as a shorter, lower and arguably more stylish version of its regular mid-size SUV.

In terms of size, the Cross Sport is 2.8 inches (7.1 cm) shorter than the current Atlas, and sits 2.3 inches (5.8 cm) lower. However, its wheelbase is identical, allowing for generous space inside – 111.8 cu.ft (3,165 liters) of passenger space with 40.3 cu.ft (1,141 liters) of luggage space. Fold down the second row and you get a massive 77.8 cu.ft (2,203 liters).

“Building off the success of the Atlas seven-seater midsize SUV, we see an opportunity for a five-seater model that offers even more style and almost as much interior space,” said VW Group of America CEO, Scott Keogh. “We look forward to entering this growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value.”

Aesthetically, the Cross Sport has a sleeker profile than the Atlas thanks to the raked rear pillar. The rear end also features new lights and a sculpted bumper to give the crossover more road presence. The chrome accents on the lower body sides, rear bumper and windows also help with that.

Meanwhile, R-Line trims come with even more heavily sculpted bumpers, boasting chrome and piano black treatments to go with the 21-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the Atlas Cross Sport is definitely a more stylish-looking product than the model on which it is based.

Moving on to the interior, we spot a new steering wheel, contrast stitching on the door inserts and seats, and there are also new tech features like available wireless mobile charging. Buyers who don’t mind spending a little extra can also opt for heated rear seats and steering wheel, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and the 12-speaker Fender Premium Audio system.

Eight trim levels will be made available in total: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium and SEL Premium R-Line.

There are also upgraded Volkswagen Car-Net connected features through the mobile app (offered at no additional charge for five years from the purchase date). Owners can remote start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors remotely, honk remotely, flash the lights, find the last parked location and check the vehicle status – fuel level, mileage, door and window status. Furthermore, Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to connect to the internet with up to four devices simultaneously, using 4G LTE-enabled speeds.

Moving on to driver assistance systems, the following two are new: Traffic Jam Assist (TJA) and Dynamic Road Sign Display. The former uses the front camera and front radar sensor to maintain a following distance from the car in front, operating alongside the Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping System. As for the latter, it can display speed limits, no passing zones, school zones and so on.

Also read: New 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport – Here’s The Production Version

Finally, the engine range. There are two available powertrains in a 276 HP V6 and a 235 HP four-cylinder turbocharged TSI gasoline unit. Both work with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and are available with 4Motion all-wheel drive. Also, the V6 version is said to have a 5,000 lbs (2,268 kg) towing rating when equipped with the V6 Towing Package.

Pricing for the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport will be announced closer to the model’s launch date, which is this upcoming Spring.


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  • LeifMichelsen

    What an ugly piece of … material the body rejects, trashes and wants to get rid of that’s deposited in the toilet. Ugggghhhhhh….

  • charlotteharry57

    It’s OK, but, like many VW models, I can’t stand the name. Of course, they did this to inflate Atlas sales numbers since both will be grouped together under the Atlas name.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    This is too funny, it reminds me of the Dodge Caliber instead of “SUV coupes” of today like the BMW X6. VW is having a ball with the ugly stick! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c750c70e786c4246935a8da4909237ca82247b142da32a673b82938d55e4db70.jpg

    • eb110americana

      That’s funny, because my first thought when sitting in the regular Atlas was that it was “the Dodge Caliber of large crossovers.” The interior is awash in plastic everywhere, on the door panels, center console, dash–it was clear that it was built to a budget inside. They start at $31K for a 2.0t, but can run up over $50K with options, which seems laughable for something with a Rubbermaid interior.

      • Joe E

        Agreed – the interior of the Atlas reminds me of the GMT900 Tahoes. They look ten years old in design and materials.

      • Subi-Rubicon1

        VW isn’t what it used to be for sure!

  • Stephen G

    A cabriolet version would be awesome.

    • JRP

      Think of all the sales it would have!

      Just kidding.

  • Anthony Paonita

    Kind of ugly, no? Then again, most SUVs are. But this is aggressively ugly. Americas I guess get what the deserve, this monstrosity instead of the cool Golf and ID 3.

    • alexxx

      Most SUVs are not ugly…but this IS…well,the regular Atlas is the ugliest.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    Looks way too ‘fat’. Suits the Americans though

    • ME

      I may be a few pound over weight but I rather sit in the ID.3

  • designer_dick

    Marginally less ungainly than the regular Atlas, but still repulsive by any sane standard. Is this turd really what Volkswagen thinks American buyers want, or does it enjoy punishing them for their failure to buy the Golf en masse?

    • performante

      I mean, it clearly is. VW sold 60K units last year. The Touareg never came close to that.

      • designer_dick

        In that case, they only have themselves to blame. If they keep buying turds, Volkswagen is going to keep happily throwing s**t at them.

      • Rocket

        The Touareg didn’t sell well because VW priced the it way above the target competition. Even above the larger Q7. I saw the value in the overall package, but most people did not.

  • joemanning

    I am an original owner of a 2013 Tiguan. I was looking at atlas and I liked it as a new dad, but i heard it is slow and has poor mpg.

    I was considering the atlas or the sport when I heard about the new warranty VW was doing, but then I heard they were discontinuing it. That speaks volumes. If VW can’t afford to warranty their vehicles, why would I want to?

  • wait a minute

    The coupe version works better than the regular Atlas IMO. Being a similar size to the Q8, makes it a poor man’s alternative to the $70k Audi

    • ErnieB

      I guess we are in the minority here.

  • Well, it’s not bad but all of its competitors, except the Blazer maybe, look better than this. Nice wheels though.

  • Elpatore

    its face looks too big

  • Nordschleife

    Why all the hate on this vehicle? It looks fine to me. I don’t love the interior but you make it is the second coming of the Pontiac Aztek.

    • donald seymour

      Honestly, I don’t know and understand. I believe that we are inheriting Autoblog’s community. Because I usually find them to be dumb.

    • Mike Sinyaboot ©

      Agreed. The interior is just OK(especially when compared to the Touareg), there should be a more potent engine option, and the fake exhaust is truly mind bottling. Those are minor issues for most people and by no means are they deal breakers. It will sell well.

  • Joe E

    This styling is too blocky and heavy-handed. It’s like it was built out of Duplo instead of Lego.

  • ErnieB

    I don’t get all of the hate. It looks way better than anything Lexus puts out at least. It looks almost like an Audi Q8 for a fraction of the cost. Maybe not a masterpiece, but not a bad looking SUV.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It looks almost perfect. If they had shaved an inch or two off of the height of the hood, and lowered the shoulder/belt-line of the vehicle so that you had better visibility out of the windows, it would have been perfect. Apart from that, not bad at all.

  • DM

    Was this necessary? Maybe not. Will it start a new trend? Probably. At least now there is a cheaper option if you’re looking for an SUV coupe.

    • donald seymour

      Define cheaper?

      • DM

        Cheaper compared to the luxury coupes: GLE/X6/Q8/Cayenne and others. I’m expecting a 2k premium over the standard Atlas.

  • SavetheCamaro

    VW could’ve thought up a better name for this car than Atlas Cross Sport.

  • Jayen DeHaart

    Why tho? VW is always going “upmarket” when they have an upmarket brand called Audi. The market for small suvs is exploding and they are going to have the Tharu/Tarek/Whatever arrive in 2021 but have this out now when there is little market for it? And that steering wheel is comically ugly. Maybe it will be better in person but… it looks Chryslery and the logo looks photoshopped in.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Wow… All the hate for this.

    Watch it sell like hotcakes. Lol.

  • Dennis James

    Take the chrome bling off and it looks quite nice !

  • SteersUright

    I think it looks really good but is severely let down by the terrible, old V6 engine upgrade as the sole choice and lack of any real handling improvements.

  • Waleesa1

    This is very good looking. The only issue I have with the exterior is the height of the hood. It needs to be lowered a smidge (between 0.5 – 1 inch). The real ‘letdown’ is the interior. It would have been a masterpiece if it had the interior of the 3rd gen Touareg; dashboard and all.

  • ksegg

    I mistook this for a Ford Expedition at first glance.

  • Meh, it looks like a Diesel Train Locomotive, and that’s not a good look…?

  • lagann

    This looks good but why the garbage engine choices? If this is built for the USA market like they claim, then this needs at least 300hp with the base engine and the upgraded engine be around 350hp.

    and this is not because I think I’m some sort of racer but in the US you really need at least this kind of hp to weight ratio because you need to merge safely into the freeways.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      What is the power to weight ratio on this? My 2011 Scion xB Superleggera was rated for 158 bhp over 3210 lb new (so probably 140 bhp now, even after the rebuild for a recall) and this seems sufficient for 9 second 0-60 and 4 second 30-70 times and allows for safe merging for me. Does the Atlas weigh 6420 lb?

  • Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ??

    I am liking the front but I am not sure about the rear fascia. Yuck!

  • JL T0x

    the proportions remind me of the Grand Cherokee Commander concept for some time ago. overall it’s a good-looking vehicle inside & out.

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