Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport arrives as the people's Audi Q8

  • Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport arrives as the people's Audi Q8

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport arrives as the people's Audi Q8

It's the same tactic Honda used with the Passport, which is a shortened version of the Pilot.

VW will do the same thing in the compact SUV space with plans to slot another crossover below the Tiguan. So far the strategy is only being applied to SUVs as that's where the volume and profits are.

Pricing will be announced closer to the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sports launch in the spring of 2020.

Built in America for Americans, Atlas Cross Sport represents a $340 million additional investment in the U.S. It goes on sale in the first quarter of 2020 with eight trim levels to choose from.

"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 nearly as much interior space", said VW Group of America CEO, Scott Keogh.

Base Atlas Cross Sports will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 238 horsepower sent to the front or all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 can tow 5,000 pounds with an available towing package.

The Atlas Cross Sport is 2.8 inches shorter than the Atlas and 2.3 inches lower to give it a more coupe-like design with nearly as much interior space by retaining the same 117.3-inch wheelbase and same width.

Trunk capacity? 40.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 77.8 cubic feet with the seats folded flat into the floor will have to suffice, and looking at the bigger picture, it's more than enough storage for a weekend trip for a family of five. In addition to offering massive amounts of cargo space, the Atlas has an impressive 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom. There is a new three-bar chrome grille, headlights with a unique light signature, front and rear bumpers with different designs, the hood is more sculpted, the taillights are new, and the Cross Sport gets additional chrome exterior trim.

Aesthetically, the Cross Sport has a sleeker profile than the Atlas thanks to the raked rear pillar. The roof sits 2.3 inches lower than the three-row Atlas and has a faster rear window.

The interior was also upgraded with a new steering wheel, optional wireless charging, heated rear seats and steering wheel, ventilated front seats and a Fender audio system. A new 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster replaces the analog gauges in top-spec models, while either a 6.5-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto sits front and center on the dashboard depending on the trim.

The Volkswagen Car-Net® suite of connected features is upgraded for MY20, with an updated mobile app, a long list of no-charge services for five years, and new subscription options. Coming later this year will be smart home connectivity for devices equipped with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa. Furthermore, Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to connect to the internet with up to four devices simultaneously, using 4G LTE-enabled speeds.

Every Atlas Cross Sport will come standard with important safety technology such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Upper trim models of the eight available models add adaptive cruise control and parking sensors.

Two new driver-assistance features stand out, namely Traffic Jam Assist and Dynamic Road Sign Display. The system works between 0 to 37 miles per hour and can bring the SUV to a full stop when traffic conditions require so.