Lose the third row, gain sporty styling.
With the Atlas now filling America's desire for a comfortable three-row SUV, Volkswagen decided it needed a large two-row SUV to fill the void left by the now-defunct Touareg. Thus, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport was born as a sportier, two-row version of the mid-size Atlas. The Cross Sport will be built at VW's Chattanooga Assembly Plant along with the regular Atlas and the Passat and will utilize the same platform that underpins its three-row sibling.
VW isn't the first automaker to come up with the idea, as Honda recently introduced the two-row Passport as a smaller, more rugged version of the three-row Pilot. But unlike Honda, VW hasn't priced its new two-row above its larger counterpart at the base level. Pricing has just been revealed and the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport costs less than the regular Atlas.
The Atlas Cross Sport S FWD starts at $30,545 and includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 235 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Stepping up to 4Motion AWD brings the price to $32,445 and the S trim level includes standard features such as 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights and taillights, rain-sensing wipers, cloth seats, 6.5-inch touchscreen display, front assist, and blind-spot monitoring.
The SE trim starts at $33,945 for FWD and $35,845 for Motion. This trim level adds keyless entry, heated mirrors, heated leatherette seats, power driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power liftgate, and an eight-inch infotainment system with voice control.
VW will also offer an SE with Technology trim for $35,945 for the four-cylinder FWD or $37,345 for the optional 276-hp 3.6-liter V6. 4Motion can be added to either for $1,900. The Technology trim adds a smart liftgate, 20-inch wheels, remote start, front and rear parking sensors, and automatic cruise control.
The SE with Technology R-Line will start at $37,345 for the four-cylinder FWD, and $38,745 for the V6 (add $1,900 for 4Motion). The R-Line adds a sportier flavor with 20-inch dark graphite wheels, black-accented R-Line bumpers, R-Line badging, and stainless-steel pedal caps. Stepping up to the SEL trim costs $39,545 for the four-cylinder FWD and $41,345 for the V6, adding adaptive front lighting, heated steering wheel, driver seat memory, power passenger seat, Digital Cockpit, panoramic sunroof, V6 Towing Package, navigation, and more driver aids.
There will also be an SEL Premium priced at $46,295 for the four-cylinder model (limited availability) and $48,095 for the V6 model, both of which include 4Motion as standard. This trim also adds power-folding mirrors, leather seats, front door stitching accents, ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, rear sunshades, Fender audio, and a surround-view camera.
Buyers can opt for the R-Design package on the SEL trim starting at $41,245 for the four-cylinder FWD and $43,045 for the V6 or on the SEL Premium starting at $47,995 for the four-cylinder and $49,795 for the V6. The SEL R-Design is similar to the SE model but features 21-inch wheels.