VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept teases 2019's 5-seat SUV hybrid

Mar 29, 2018, 01:20
VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept teases 2019's 5-seat SUV hybrid

It has a big platform that could easily go up against a Honda Ridgeline, a plant in Tennessee where the Atlas SUV is built that has plenty of capacity to fill, a market in the USA clamoring for more pickups and a mandate from the VW corporate office in Germany to give its various global regions more autonomy to make product decisions.

The four-door vehicle has two rows of seats instead of the three inside the Atlas SUV which went on sale in America a year ago. This Cross Sport is 7.5 inches shorter than the other Atlas found in showrooms.

Volkswagen is intensifying its SUV push; in February, 54% of Volkswagen's American customers chose a Tiguan or an Atlas.

But perhaps the most prominent feature on the Atlas are its LED headlights and daytime running lights that have been integrated on the illuminated front grill.

Ridiculous features: The Atlas Cross Sport stretches the concept of a concept: Nothing is show-car silly beyond maybe the 22-inch wheels that would do nothing for ride quality.

From the side, the C-pillars are more steeply raked, and the overhangs - where the bulk of the length has been lost - are noticeably shorter.

The rear, meanwhile, is dominated by a pair of high set LED tail lamps as well as a large tailgate featuring an aerodynamic enhancing spoiler above the rear window and a full width LED light band that wraps around into the rear fenders. Volkswagen wants to take advantage of that with two more MQB-based models, a pickup and a coupe-shaped version which was also presented at the New York Auto Show. The full-size segment accounted for about one in eight new vehicles sold in the USA last year, and the vast bulk of the profits earned by Detroit's Big Three.

Off-Road mode the Cross Sport uses the engine to drive the front motor acting as a generator to power the rear motor for greater traction than the battery pack alone can supply. There are also seven different driving profiles: on-road with either comfort and eco, off-road with rocks, sludge and gravel as well as separate sport and snow programs. However, official performance claims point to a 0-100kph time of 5.4sec and a limited 209kph top speed.

Volkswagen has two big premieres for this year's New York Auto Show and they will be fully revealed today, at 10:15 AM Eastern / 2:15 PM GMT.

In GTE mode, the emphasis is on performance whereby the V6 and electric motors are both called upon to deliver the maximum system output. A charging port opens so the Cross Sport can be plugged in to recharge its lithium-ion battery. This provides it with a limited all-electric range of 1.5 miles and an overall range of 958 kms.

The default Hybrid mode uses battery power at low speeds, and blends energy drawn from both sources, using regenerative braking to capture otherwise lost energy.

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