Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept Debuts At New York International Auto Show

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept Debuts At New York International Auto Show

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept Debuts At New York International Auto Show

The Atlas Cross Sport aims to appeal to those buyers who want a trimmer, more personal mid-size SUV and don't want or need the cargo and seating capacity of the three-row Atlas.

Volkswagen unveils newest Atlas Cross Sport SUV concept on the eve of the 2018 New York Auto Show. The Atlas is now sold in North America, Russia and China.

The four-door vehicle has two rows of seats instead of the three inside the Atlas SUV which went on sale in America past year.

At 214.1 inches long, the Tanoak study is an impressive 15.8 inches longer than the regular Atlas production SUV.

Like the Atlas, it is built on the company's flexible MQB platform.

Described as a "near-production concept", the Atlas Cross Sport should provide a pretty good indication of the actual production version that is scheduled to hit the U.S. market next year.

Inside, the vehicle can seat five passengers.

Further back, the Atlas Cross Sport adopts a contoured bonnet, prominent wheel arches filled with 22-inch wheels shod with 285/45 tyres as well as a heavily raked windscreen and structured flanks with a deeply etched swage line along the deep doors. It also sports a shallower glasshouse and racier C-pillar styling than its more practical sibling. However, it's shorter in length with short overhangs, lower in height and narrower than the standard vehicle.

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Volkswagen unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport SUV concept on Tuesday. The Atlas Cross Sport concept is a plug-in hybrid, with a 3.6-liter V6 engine that offers 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque being joined by two electric motors.

Together, the three power sources provide the Atlas Cross Sport PHEV with a combined system output of 350hp and 670Nm.

A second and more powerful electric motor-85 kw (114 hp) and 199 lb-ft-is added between the rear wheels, to provide on-demand all-wheel drive. There's also a selector for the 4Motion Active Control, which offers a number of modes - On-road (Comfort and Eco), Off-road (Rocks, Sludge & Sand and Gravel), Sport and Snow.

Volkswagen has not revealed a curb (kerb) weight figure for the new model. The Cross Sport concept makes use of that same V6, but this is supplemented with two electric motors mounted front and rear that are powered by an 18-kWh lithium-ion battery located in the center tunnel.

The PHEV version has five driving modes, including an all-electric E-Mode that will give 26 miles of range. Total range, meanwhile, is put at 620 miles.

The dual-cab, short-bed pickup truck debuted at the New York International Auto Show.

Predictably, it was fitted with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, albeit a new one that hadn't previously been shown by Volkswagen.

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