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Presenting The New 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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Volkswagen's new five-seat Atlas has arrived.

Last year at the 2018 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen presented the Atlas Cross Sport Concept: a smaller five-seat version of VW's popular Atlas SUV. And now the production version has arrived, signaling the start of Volkswagen's massive SUV onslaught in the US. Featuring a coupe-style design, a spacious interior, and a suite of driver assists, Volkswagen's new stylish SUV fills the void left by Touareg being axed in America and is being built at VW's Chattanooga Assembly Plant alongside the Atlas and Passat.

Compared to the regular Atlas, the Cross Sport is 2.8 inches shorter and 2.3 inches lower. It measures 78.3 inches wide and rides on the same 117.3-inch wheelbase as the regular Atlas, resulting in a generous amount of interior space with 40.4 inches of legroom for rear passengers. The Cross Sport boasts 111.8 cubic feet of passenger space, 40.3 cu ft of luggage space behind the second-row seats, and 77.8 cu ft with the second row folded.

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Visually, the Cross Sport is distinguished by a premium three-bar chrome grille and a distinctive new light signature that extends the width of the middle bar. Other front design cues have been borrowed from the stunning concept, including an aggressive front bumper and a subtly sculpted hood.

At the profile, the Cross Sport looks racier than the Atlas thanks to its raked rear piller and rear hatch. New taillights and a sculpted rear bumper further distinguish the Cross Sport, along with chrome accents on the lower body sides, rear bumper, and windows.

The sportier R-Line trim features more heavily sculpted bumpers with chrome and piano black treatments around the lower front air scoops, as well as available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

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More changes can be found inside, as the Cross Sport features a new steering wheel with more intuitive controls, available stitching accents on the door inserts and seats, and new tech including available wireless mobile charging. Available luxury features include heated rear seats and steering wheel, as well as ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and the a Fender premium audio system with 12 speakers. VW's Digital Cockpit instrument display is available on the SEL trim and SEL Premium trims.

In terms of driver assists, the base S model comes with forward collision warning with autonomous braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert, while adaptive cruise control and park distance control are included as standard on higher trims. A new traffic jam assist and dynamic road sign display are also available.

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Two powertrains will be available for the Cross Sport, including a 276-horsepower V6 and a 235-hp four-cylinder turbo direct-injection TSI engine. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with all-wheel-drive. When equipped with the V6 Towing package, the V6 is rated at 5,000 pounds for towing.

Eight trim levels will be available at launch: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line.

Further details and pricing will be announced ahead of the Cross Sport's launch in spring 2020.

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