Damn. I wish automakers could stop branding everything “coupe”. But here it is, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Coupe. Yes. That is a coupe that has five seats, and four doors, a high ride height, and no slopping rear (though it does have a gentler rear slope over the standard Atlas). Now, that’s a bit of a stretch, isn’t it?
Whatever it is, it is a beautiful ride. Not going to lie. The vehicle was first presented as concept at the New York International Auto Show last year (2018) and last week, VW unveiled the production at its assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.A.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Coupe is powered by a of 232 HP 2L 4-cylinder engine with the option for a beefier 272 HP V6 motor. Whichever you choose, it will be paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and it has a tow capacity of 2.4 tons.
It is shorter than a standard Atlas, at 4.9 meters (16 feet) long and seats on the modular traverse matrix (MQB) platform which yields the same wheelbase. This means, while a tad shorter, it does not sacrifice interior space. In addition to the standard 2WD variety, it will be available with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
Other notables include newly designed back lights and rear bumper, fully-LED headlamps, and chrome accents on lower body side and rear bumper. You can further spruce up the look with the optional R-Line package.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Coupe joins the already complicated lineup of Atlas, but it is not known when it will be available and how much it will command.
Note: it will not be available on the European market.
Update [January 14, 2020] The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport SUV Coupe will have a starting price of $30,545.
All images courtesy of Volkswagen.