2020 VOLK­SWA­GEN AT­LAS CROSS SPORT

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ON SALE: Late 2019 BASE PRICE: $37,000 (est)

The Cross Sport is a tworow ver­sion of the fam­i­lyfriendly At­las, as shown at the 2018 New York auto show as a “near-pro­duc­tion” con­cept car. The low fast­back roofline works well with the blocky front end, mak­ing it look stylish and sexy with­out ren­der­ing the back seat use­less. The Cross Sport’s wheel­base is the same as the sev­enseater, with 7.5 inches chopped from the rear over­hang. VW an­nounced two hy­brid driv­e­trains, a 355-hp plug-in ver­sion with 26 miles of elec­tric-only range and a 5.4-sec­ond 0-60 time and a “mild hy­brid” with 310 horse­power and a 6.5-sec­ond 0-60 run. Both are based on the 276-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which we also ex­pect to make an ap­pear­ance. Pre­mier­ing next to the At­las Cross Sport—and gar­ner­ing even more at­ten­tion—was the At­las Tanoak pickup con­cept, built to gauge pub­lic re­ac­tion, which was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive. The At­las Tanoak could be built in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee, along with other At­las vari­ants, and would be a per­fect foil for the Honda Ridge­line.

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