Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept
Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept
There’s a certain kind of vehicle that Canadian families have sought for years. In the 1950s, typical family cars had four doors, room for five people, and a trunk big enough to haul all of their luggage. They also sported enough power to hit highway speeds without worry, and the most successful ones also happened to capture the style of the era. That basic formula has held true through the decades, even as the shape of those vehicles has evolved. Five-passenger SUVs rank as the most in-demand vehicles in Canada, in large part because they offer all the traits that made “classic” sedans classic in the first place. With the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept coming into fruition, Volkswagen launches the Atlas family with a modern, five-seat family hauler of its own. At Pfaff VW in Newmarket, we don’t just facilitate the sale of high-end quality Volkswagen vehicles, but also information about new Volkswagen vehicles coming down the pipeline. In this blog, we share some information about the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept.
Built for families on the go
The Atlas Cross Sport Concept is designed for families on the go, with all the comforts of home. Like digital displays, roomy seating for five, and engineering to travel on electricity alone. Under the hood, it sports 4MOTION all-wheel drive, a pair of electric motors, and an 18-kWh lithium battery.
New design concept
While the Atlas Cross Sport is officially a concept vehicle, it’s a close look at the model Volkswagen will begin assembling next year in Chattanooga, Tennessee, alongside the seven-passenger Atlas and the Passat sedan. Built from the same flexible MQB vehicle architecture that underpins many VW models, the Atlas Cross Sport remixes the Atlas proportions with a more dramatic five-seat design, from the daytime LEDs embedded in the grille and VW logo to the coupe-like roofline. This hybrid SUV is full of bright ideas. As one of the latest in mental exercises from our Volkswagen engineers, the Atlas Cross Sport Concept vehicle lights up the lab with embedded LEDs in the grille and front logo. On the inside, innovation continues with new tech and conveniences for the future.
Under the hood
The Cross Sport earns its name under the hood. It’s a plug-in hybrid, combining the production 276-hp 3.6-litre VR6 in today’s Atlas with a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, and an 18-kWh lithium battery pack. At full acceleration, the system is anticipated to produce 355 hp, enabling a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. VW engineers have also projected how the Atlas Cross Sport would perform with a lighter 2-kWh battery pack as a mild hybrid without plug-in capability. Total power would still hit 310 hp, and a rush to 60 kms would take a speedy 6.5 seconds, all examples of how flexible the MQB vehicle architecture can be with power sources.
Getting that power to the ground in all conditions is a special focus of the Atlas Cross Sport. The advanced 4MOTION® all-wheel-drive system has seven drive modes, from “Eco” and “Comfort” to “Snow” and “Sludge & Sand.” The plug-in hybrid system is designed to power the car on electric energy alone or be switched into a sport “GTE” setting for unleashing all 494 ft-lbs of torque from the system. There’s even an off-road system that powers the rear axle with electric power only even if the main battery is depleted, ensuring the rear wheels have maximum torque for tough conditions.
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