2020 Atlas Cross Sport mid-size SUV 

 

The all-new Atlas Cross Sport SUV is the next evolution in the Volkswagen strategy of doubling up in the biggest SUV segments in North America. 

Revealed in October at the Chattanooga, TN factory, the five seat mid-size SUV offers a similarly spacious two-row vehicle to complement the very successful three-row Atlas.  

Though details were not announced – the Volkswagen SUV strategy includes yet another SUV to be added to the lineup after the launch of Atlas Cross Sport.  It will be a compact SUV and fit in the lineup below the Tiguan.

 “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 almost as much interior space,” said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. “We look forward to entering this growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value.”

 

Overview

Overall, the Cross Sport is 2.8 inches shorter than the current Atlas, and is 2.3 inches lower. It is 78.3 inches wide and rides on the same 117.3-inch wheelbase, which makes it similarly spacious as the Atlas three-row.  The Cross Sport has an outstanding 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. In addition to offering massive amounts of cargo space, the Atlas has an impressive 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom.

Externally, the Atlas Cross Sport has distinctive styling that builds on the basics of the Atlas but takes it to a new level. Up front, the Cross Sport features an upscale three-bar chrome grille and a distinctive new light signature that extends the width of the middle bar. An aggressive new front bumper and subtly sculpted hood complete the front-end treatment.

The Cross Sport’s profile is sleeker than Atlas, with a steeply raked rear pillar and rear hatch. New lights and a sculpted rear bumper give the rear end real presence, while chrome accents on the lower body sides, rear bumper, and windows add to the bespoke look of the design.

 R-Line trims have even more heavily sculpted bumpers with chrome and piano black treatments around the lower front air scoops, as well as available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

 

 

 

Inside, the Cross Sport features multiple improvements over the existing Atlas. There is a new steering wheel, with more intuitive controls, available stitching accents on the door inserts and seats, and new high-tech features, including available wireless mobile charging.

Available luxury features include heated rear seats and steering wheel, as well as ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and the Fender Premium Audio System with 12 speakers.

The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit configurable instrument display is available on the SEL trim as well as the SEL Premium. In addition to offering massive amounts of cargo space, the Atlas has an impressive 40.4 inches of rear-seat legroom.

 

 

Technology and Connectivity

The Volkswagen Car-Net suite of connected features is upgraded for MY20. The mobile app is updated and includes a long list of no-charge services for five years, and new subscription options. It is offered at no additional charge for five years from the date of vehicle purchase.

Using the mobile app, the Car-Net Remote Access gives owners the ability to interact with their vehicle from miles away.  Features include remote start and stop (if equipped), remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location, and remote vehicle status display, which provides information on fuel level, mileage, and door and window status.

Choosing the factory-installed Navigation option, Volkswagen owners can send destinations or points of interest directly to their car from the app, helping to save time. Coming later this year, owners will also be able to connect their VW Car-Net account to compatible smart home devices to send voice commands to their vehicle to check the fuel level or remote start the engine.

Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to access the internet with up to four connected devices simultaneously, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, gaming devices, and more—all at 4G LTE-enabled speed.

Driver Assistance Features

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

The base S model has standard Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitoring, and Rear Traffic Alert. Higher trims features include Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop and Go feature and Park Distance Control – now standard.

Two new Volkswagen driver assistance features will be available on Cross Sport.

 

  • Traffic Jam Assist (TJA): This system uses the front camera and front radar sensor to help maintain following distance from the car in front, and help center the Atlas Cross Sport in its lane. It can operate from 0 – 37 mph, and can bring the vehicle to a full stop when traffic conditions demand. If traffic starts moving again within three seconds, the system restarts the vehicle into the flow. If the stop is longer than three seconds, the driver can start things off again by tapping the gas pedal or the “Resume” button on the steering wheel. Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist) must be active for the system to operate.
  • Dynamic Road Sign Display: On Atlas Cross Sport models with factory-installed navigation, this system will display speed limits, no-passing zones, school zones and work zones on the navigation screen and instrument panel when detected by the front camera and navigation system data. The system can display multiple signs simultaneously when appropriate.

Powertrains

The Cross Sport will be available with two powertrains: a 276-horsepower V6 and a 235-horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine.

Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Cross Sport tows too. The V6 is rated at 5,000 pounds for towing, when equipped with the V6 Towing package.

2020 Atlas Cross Sport Lineup

There will be eight trim levels: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line.

More details and pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in the Spring of 2020.

Follow the all-new Atlas Cross Sport here:  https://www.vw.com/models/atlas-cross-sport/section/design/