Not all of Volkswagen is focused on electrification. The German automaker has confirmed plans to produce a new scaled down version of its Atlas large SUV for the American market. The new version of the Atlas will be the brand’s five-seater SUV offering.
Volkswagen says it will showcase a concept version of the new SUV (which is still unnamed) at the upcoming New York Auto Show. The company says it has been designed and engineered specifically for the U.S. market, similar to the bigger Atlas SUV. Based on an official sketch released by VW, the new SUV will essentially be a scaled down version of the Atlas with some design cues similar to the Aerton and other recent VW designs.
Given its shared roots with the Atlas, we can expect the new SUV to be built on VW’s MQB platform. This means the SUV will be front-wheel drive with all-wheel drive capability and likely share engines with the larger Atlas. Today’s Atlas offers a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and optional 280 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6.
So far Volkswagen has not stated when the new SUV will arrive to market, but it is expected to be produced at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant. The Chattanooga plant already produces the Atlas and Passat.
Expect more details on Volkswagen’s new SUV next week at the New York Auto Show.