UPDATE: Volkswagen unveils new Atlas Cross Sport to be built in Chattanooga
Volkswagen unveiled its latest vehicle to be made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant Friday, October 11.
The VW Atlas Cross Sport is a five-seat SUV that slots into the German automaker's lineup below the larger Atlas SUV.
“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 Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We look forward to entering this growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value.”
The Cross Sport is 2.8 inches shorter than the current Atlas, and is 2.3 inches lower. It is 78.3 inches wide and rides on the same 117.3-inch wheelbase, which is the reason for the vehicle’s generous interior space. The Cross Sport has an outstanding 111.8 cubic feet of passenger space, with 40.3 cu ft of luggage space behind the second-row seats and 77.8 cu ft with the second row folded.
The Cross Sport's styling builds on the basics of the Atlas, but gets a new three-bar chrome grille and a new light signature that extends the width of the middle bar. A new front bumper and sculpted hood complete the front end treatment that looks much like the concept that was shown at the 2018 New York Auto Show.
The Atlas Sport will be presented to the public at the MotorCar Festival Friday evening in Chattanooga.