Volkswagen has revealed the concept of the “5-seater Atlas with coupe-like roof line” it plans to offer specially for the US market. The concept has been named the Atlas Cross Sport.
Built on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, the Cross Sport earns its name from the things under the hood. It’s a plug-in hybrid, combining the 276 bhp 3.6L FSI V6 from the 7-seater Atlas with a pair of electric motors, one on each axle, and an 18 kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the transmission tunnel.
The front motor develops 40 kW (54 bhp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft), and the rear motor 85 kW (114 bhp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft). The PHEV gets an all-electric driving range of 70 km (NEDC) or 26 miles (EPA).
At full acceleration, the system is anticipated to produce 265 kW (355 bhp), and 670 Nm (494 lb-ft) of torque in the “GTE” mode, enabling a claimed 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds.
There’ll also be a conventional hybrid drive (HEV) without an external battery charging function, which provides an all-electric drive of 2.5 km or 1.5 miles. The HEV will have a smaller 2.0 kWh battery capacity. The system output would be 231 kW or 310 bhp.
Both models will have 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with 7 driving modes, from “Eco” and “Comfort” to “Snow and “Sludge & Sand.”
There’s even an off-road system that powers the rear axle with electric power alone, even if the main battery is depleted – ensuring the rear wheels have maximum torque for tough conditions.
The interior offers a modern take on everything that owners demand from SUVs today, from touch-screen entertainment systems to ample cargo space behind the rear bench seat, the company’s US division said.
The production version arrives in 2019. Check back for any updates.