CHATTANOOGA, TN: Volkswagen is growing its SUV footprint with the introduction of the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport.
The global launch of the new mid-size crossover was held at Volkswagen’s sprawling production plant in Chattanooga, TN, where it will be assembled initially for the U.S., Mexican and Canadian markets.
The Cross Sport is the first example of VW’s strategic plan to increase its SUV/CUV offerings. After Cross Sport the next model will be smaller than the current Tiguan.
In VW Canada tradition Cross Sport will be offered in three trim levels – Trendline, Comfortline and Execline. There will also be an optional R-Line Package with special trim and 21-inch alloy wheels.
Cross Sport shares the same architecture as the three-row Atlas as well as the same wheelbase and width but, because Cross Sport has two rows, it is 2.8-inches shorter and 2.3-inches lower.
The result is cargo volume of 1,141 litres (40.3 cu ft) behind the second row seat and 2,203 litres (77.8 cu ft) seat folded.
The second row 60/40 split/fold seat can be inclined 14-degrees and, on the top line Execline trim model, the two outboard seats are heated.
Because this is Canada, Cross Sport will have standard heated front seats, side mirrors and washer nozzles.
The heated steering wheel on the top two trim levels only works when the engine is running. As a safety feature, it turns off automatically if the overall energy consumption in the car is too high, it malfunctions or is synced with the heated seats.
Like the three-row Atlas, the Cross Sport is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo producing 235 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque or a naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 with 276 hp and 266 lb/ft of torque. Both are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Both engines feature start/stop function and an Eco setting designed to save fuel, At this writing, fuel consumption numbers were still being finalized.
VW’s proven 4Motion all-wheel-drive is standard in Canada with four configurable modes – On-Road, Snow, Off-Road and Off-Road Individual.
The On-Road function can be further set to four modes (Normal, Comfort, Sport and Custom) selected from the infotainment display.
LED lighting with daytime running lights is standard with 500 lumen on low beam and 900 lumen on high beam.
A full suite of safety features include standard Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Traffic Alert.
Inside, Cross Sport receives enhanced trim with new steering wheel incorporating more intuitive controls and a Fender Premium Audio System with 12 speakers.
Cross Sport will be available in eight colours including Pyrite Silver Metallic and Aurora Red Chroma which are unique to the model.
Cross Sport is expected to arrive early in the new year.