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VW confirms Atlas Cross Sport 2-Row SUV probable launch in 2019

The Atlas Cross Sport five-passenger SUV is coming to production according to VW reports from Monterey Car Week at Pebble Beach in Monterey, California.

Last shown as a ‘concept’ at New York in March, the Atlas Cross Sport 2-row SUV dropped its ‘concept’ moniker as it went on display at the Pebble Beach event along with its concept partner – the Tanoak Concept Pickup Truck.  According to information from VW officials – the Atlas Cross Sport may launch as early as 2019.

The new Atlas Cross Sport is a five-seat version of the midsize SUV that went on sale last year as the Atlas seven-seat SUV.  It will offer two versions – a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivetrain with 355 horsepower and an anticipated 26 miles of all-electric range and a conventional hybrid version of the same powertrain that would produce 310 horsepower

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Design Elements

Atlas Cross Sport presents a bold exterior at the front with its two-bar grille (vs three bars in Atlas).  Its LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are an integral part of the radiator grille, but unlike the seven-seater, the grille crossbars are also illuminated in white and operate as LED DRLs.

Coming around to the side, the Atlas Cross Sport profile shows powerful proportions with sleekly raked C-pillars, short front and rear overhangs and a roof spoiler with black side fins – all accented by wide, flared wheel arches.

Atlas Cross Sport runs on 22-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with high-gloss polished spokes and sport 285/40 tires.

At the rear, LED taillights are positioned above an aluminum trimline feature.  It extends laterally across the bumper, and into exaggerated tailpipe surrounds, which mirror the taillights above.

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Interior   
A panoramic glass sun roof with shade provides ample light that highlights the horizontal design and functionality of the Atlas Cross Sport interior.

The Atlas Cross Sport infotainment system touchscreen is located high on the instrument panel and is seamlessly integrated. Both the driver and front passenger can manage all infotainment functions and the basic vehicle configuration via a 10.1-inch touchscreen with proximity sensors and gesture control.

Some of the uniquely key features include display graphics designed to reflect the driving profile selected— ‘Snow,’ ‘Sport,’ ‘On-road’ or ‘Off- road’ with Navigation data displayed in two-dimensional or three-dimensional form.

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In the 3D view, the display is user configurable to reflect three or more levels that hover above one another in virtual space. Each level shows the map and position of the vehicle, but with different information. For instance, on the top level, the driver can configure the Points-of-Interest (POI) with the middle level showing geographic information such as the current elevation above sea level and the lower level showing route and the position of the vehicle.

The 12.3-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit high resolution enables more sophisticated and interactive graphics. These graphics also change according to the selected drive mode.  The Digital Cockpit display can be reconfigured to show information on driving, navigation and assistance functions as necessary. The driver can also transfer data shown on the touchscreen, such as telephone contact images or CD covers, to the display.

On the left-hand side of the center console is the selector lever for the 6-speed DSG automatic transmission.  Always in a central position, short clicks activate the ‘R,’ ‘N’ and ‘D’ settings. A separate button integrated in the selector lever is used to switch to the ‘P’ position.

Behind the DSG shift lever is the 4MOTION Active Control that offers the available driving profiles (On-road,’ ‘Off-road,’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Snow’). This selector features a high-tech HD display and transparent ‘light pipe’ elements that conduct LED light.

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Powertrain

The Atlas Cross Sport is built on Volkswagen’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform and can be built with a range of drive systems, including the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) or the mild hybrid drivetrain. The Atlas Cross Sport uses the same 3.6-liter V6 FSI engine as the seven-passenger Atlas in either application.

In the Cross Sport PHEV, the engine is boosted by two electric motors.  Power for the motors is supplied by a compact 18.0 kWh lithium-ion battery housed in the center tunnel. The drive system’s total power amounts to 355 hp, which – VW says, potentially enables the Cross Sport to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds.

Equipped as a mild hybrid, the Atlas Cross Sport concept uses the same electric motors, but with a smaller 2.0 kWh battery.  As a mild hybrid, it produces 310 horsepower and delivers 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds.

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PHEV Power Modes

The Atlas Cross Sport PHEV has five power modes: ‘E-Mode’, ‘Hybrid’, ‘GTE,’ ‘Off-road’ or ‘Battery Hold / Battery Charge’.

‘E-Mode’. The Atlas Cross Sport always starts out in the all-electric ‘E-Mode’.  It has an all-electric driving range of 26 miles.   In E-Mode, the vehicle’s drive power is exclusively supplied by the 114 hp electric motor at the rear axle.

‘Hybrid’. As soon as the battery’s voltage drops below a certain charge, the Atlas Cross Sport concept switches to ‘Hybrid’ mode and automatically engages the V6 and/or the rear electric motor.  Note: the V6 engages the front axles while the electric motor applies power to the rear axle.

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GTE’. For sportier driving, the driver selects the GTE button to switch to a GTE mode, to make the throttle map, gearshifts and steering more dynamic.

‘Off-road’.   In the ‘Off-road’ mode, the Atlas Cross Sport becomes an all-wheel drive vehicle. This is a unique setup where the front electric motor gets its power from the V6 while the power it generates provides the energy to the rear electric motor driving the rear wheels.

While in this mode, the all-wheel configuration continues to be available – even when the batteries are at a low charge state – providing additional vehicle capability when off-road.

‘Battery Hold / Battery Charge’.  If desired, a constant battery energy level can be maintained using the dual mode ‘Battery Hold’ and ‘Battery Charge’ mode that is activated from a menu in the infotainment system.

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Drive Modes

In addition to all the above Power Modes, the 4MOTION Active Control offers four Drive Mode selections with seven profiles available. They are: ‘On-road’ (‘Comfort’ and ‘Eco’ modes), ‘Off-road’ (‘Rocks,’ ‘Sludge & Sand’ and ‘Gravel’ modes), ‘Sport’ and ‘Snow’.

Stay tuned for developing news on the VW Atlas Cross Sport right here at inwheeltime.com.