Isn't this why the company needed the three-row Atlas in the first place?
We've always had a soft spot for the Volkswagen Touareg. We even called it the best SUV ever built, having gone on to underpin the Porsche Cayenne, Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus. Unfortunately, the Touareg itself didn't sell well in the US because it was expensive and only had two rows of seats. That's why the company built a new three-row SUV called the Atlas and made the Tiguan bigger with a three-row version. These were both smart moves for VW, but for some reason the company may decide to reverse course.
Automotive News reports that Volkswagen plans to introduce two-row versions of the Atlas and the extended wheelbase Tiguan. Volkswagen Group of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken says that this "doubling up" strategy will expand the company's SUV portfolio at a very low cost. We decided the Atlas will get a slightly lower-positioned five-seater, with nice, coupe-ish styling, [but the] same dimensions," Woebcken said. This two-row Atlas could be the first of many new Atlas variants that could include an off-roading version and a pickup truck. Woebcken also said that this two-row Tiguan would get a little bit smaller compared to the current three-row model.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise to us. The whole reason why the company created the Atlas and three-row Tiguan in the first place is because Americans love having seven-seat SUVs. It seems odd that VW now wants to go back to five-seat models, but it just goes to show that the auto industry pie often gets sliced thin.