Volkswagen Atlas mid-size SUV will spawn new variants as the brand focusses on capitalising the segment boom
Volkswagen has stated the arrival of new variants from the Atlas family a few days ago and is trying to make the most out of the craze for SUVs and crossovers across the globe. According to Volkswagen Vortex, the German company’s chief executive of North America, Hinrich Woebcken, said that his brand is not satisfied with leaving the Atlas in its existing avatar and hinted at developing a new series of variants pertaining to America as well as global markets.
However, Woebcken denied specifying the variants that could be born out of the Atlas platform. In a trademark applications emerged on the internet lately, the Atlas Allsport and Cross Sport were found, indicating possible monikers of the upcoming Atlas-based variants.
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Volkswagen is reportedly working on a five-seat version of the Atlas and it could be aggressively priced than the current mid-size model. With a rather crossover styling, it is expected to be the production version of Cross Coupe GTE concept showcased at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. The plug-in hybrid concept used a 3.6-litre petrol engine coupled with two electric motors.
It could be introduced on the road-going model which is based on the MQB platform. The Atlas currently starts in the US at $30,500 (Rs. 19.54 lakh) for the base TSI variant. It comes equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine good enough to deliver a maximum power output of 235 hp and 350 Nm of peak torque.
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Volkswagen also sells a 3.0-litre V6 engine that makes 276 hp and 360 Nm torque. The top-of-the-line SEL Premium version with all-wheel-drive costs $48,490 (Rs. 31.07 lakh). Volkswagen is also preparing a T-Cross Breeze Concept based compact SUV with underpinnings from the new generation Polo. The Skoda-sourced ECO platform, a re-engineered low-cost MQB architecture, could give way for a Jeep Compass rivalling Volkswagen SUV in the near future in India.