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Atlas, Part 2: Volkswagen Announces Five-passenger SUV for Chattanooga

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We’ve recognized for a while that Volkswagen plans to capitalize on the success of the three-row Atlas SUV by constructing a barely much less commodious variant, and now it’s official. On Monday, the automaker introduced the second all-new vehicle to roll out of its Chattanooga meeting plant, promising an idea model of the 5-passenger midsize SUV at this month’s New York Auto Present.

The truth that VW is bothering to create an idea, even because it calls the mannequin a “variant” of the Atlas, has us questioning simply how totally different the vehicle might be in outward look. Then there’s the difficulty of a reputation.

“The Atlas has constructed robust momentum for Volkswagen within the SUV phase, and we’re excited to develop our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled 5-passenger SUV,” stated Hinrich Woebcken, Volkswagen of America’s CEO, in a press release.

Just like the promised two-row model of the upsized Tiguan, this two-row Atlas is tailored for the U.S. market and shares the identical MQB structure. Nevertheless, in contrast to the 2-row Tiguan — to not be confused with the older Tiguan Restricted — the 5-passenger Atlas will don a brand new pores and skin. Woebken stated as a lot final yr.

“We determined the Atlas will get a barely decrease-positioned 5-seater, with good, coupe-ish styling, [but the] similar dimensions,” he stated in a December interview with Automotive Information.

Provided that crossovers type the spine of the model’s U.S. gross sales technique, chopping passengers from each the Atlas and Tiguan permits VW to maneuver the nameplates downmarket and forged a wider gross sales internet. This assumes each fashions will carry the identical identify, which is perhaps troublesome. “XL,” or one thing like that, is often the go-so as to add-on for automakers who stretch a mannequin. Not often do they rip out seats and make one much less filling.

As we see from this teaser picture (and the truth that there is a teaser picture), VW appears to be following by way of on Woebcken’s declare that the mannequin will look totally different than its three-row sibling. With out the necessity for rear seat room, VW may give the mannequin rakish rear glass. The Atlas’ conservative entrance finish, if we’re to consider what we see, stands to realize an edgier look, with a taller grille, revamped headlamps, and aggressive aspect vents. Atlas Sport, maybe?

The price tag for constructing the brand new vehicle stands at $340 million, so it’s undoubtedly not a chop job. Whereas VW hasn’t talked about a launch date, Woebcken stated final yr that 2019 can be an enormous yr for SUVs. Anticipate an introduction subsequent yr.

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