Following up on the success of the 7-seat Atlas released a couple years ago, VW believes a sportier 5-seat version of the family hauler was in order. With the SUV market going bonkers these days, it’s hard to argue with the German automaker and it appears the the smaller, 2-row sport utilities are gaining ground (Ford’s new Mustang Mach-E comes to mind).
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Besides, the new addition looks burly yet sleek with an optional 3.6L 276-hp and enhanced driving dynamics for a more spirited experience; or stick with the 235-hp four-cylinder TSI paired to an 8-speed auto transmission. The bolder, coupe-like styling aside, the new Atlas Cross Sport gets an upgraded interior compared to the 7-seater, along with more advanced connectivity and driver-assistance systems.
2020 Atlas Cross Sport release date and pricing
The new Atlas Cross Sport hits dealerships sometime March 2020. In the US, expect 8 trims on the table — starting at $30,545 for the S with a FWD system; topping out $47,995 for the SEL Premium R-Line with 4Motion being released a little later, according to Volkswagen.
In Canada, 3 trims include the $38,995 Trendline, $45,195 Comfortline, and $54,495 Execuline — all with 4Motion out the gate.
Standard features and available options
Standard features will include 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED lighting, Front Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Car-Net, and WiFi. Go ramp it up with optional 20-inch and 21-inch wheels, Easy Open rear hatch, remote start, heated rear seats, leather seating surfaces, Adaptive Front-light System, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Fender Premium Audio system, ACC, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, and Dynamic Road Sign Display.
New Atlas Cross Sport Price List
S – $30,545
SE – $33,945
SE with Technology – $35,945
SE with Technology R-Line (later availability) – $37,345
SEL – $39,545
SEL R-Line (later availability) – $41,245
SEL Premium – $46,295
SEL Premium R-Line (later availability) – $47,995