VW Atlas Cross Sport Adds Itself To SUV Coupe Segment

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 12, 2019

Those are the specific demands that North American SUV buyers have, VW says, and indeed the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport was built specifically with them in mind.

VW just unveiled the all-new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport as a shorter, lower and arguably more stylish version of its regular mid-size 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 nearly as much interior space", said VW Group of America CEO, Scott Keogh. The maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds for the Atlas Cross Sport V6 when properly equipped, working out at 2,267 kilograms. 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. There is 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. At the rear, the back pillar and hatch are more steeply raked, and there are new lights and a redesigned bumper.

With a three-bar grill extending to the LED daytime running lights, a more sculpted front bumper, and brimming with chrome accents, the Atlas Cross Sport looks sportier than the three-row Atlas. An R-Line package adds more aggressive looks and additional piano-black and chrome exterior trim.

Inside, the Cross Sport receives upgrades over the existing Atlas. A new steering wheel features upgraded controls and some models feature stitched accents on the door panels. Wireless phone charging, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a 12-speaker Fender audio system are available. Atlas Cross Sport SEL trim and above can be had with the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit. In addition to offering massive amounts of cargo space, the Atlas has an impressive 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom.

A new version of the Volkswagen Car-Net system has a revamped app and five years' subscription to the automaker's remote access system. If there's navigation fitted, the app allows the infotainment system to be remotely programmed with destinations. Car-Net will be available at no cost for model years 2020 for the first five years of ownership.

The Atlas Cross Sport is available with a suite of advanced driver-assistance features.

In terms of safety, forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind spot monitoring, and Rear Traffic Alert are standard across the lineup. Upper trim models will feature adaptive cruise control and parking sensors.

Traffic Jam Assist (TJA): This system uses the front camera and front radar sensor to help maintain following distance from the auto in front, and help center the Atlas Cross Sport in its lane. An advanced driver-assist system will make driving in traffic less stressful at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour by handling the throttle, braking, and steering. If traffic starts moving again within three seconds, the system restarts the vehicle into the flow. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) must be active for the system to operate. Multiple signs can be displayed simultaneously.

Customers will have the option to choose from two different powertrains: a Tiguan-derived 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged that produces 235 horsepower, and an Atlas-plucked 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 235 horsepower. Eight trim levels basically match those of the three-row Atlas, ranging from base S to top-of-the-line SEL Premium.

The smaller 2020 Atlas Cross Sport was revealed at an event at the plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it is built alongside the Atlas.

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