2019 VW Atlas 5-passenger Variant

Discussion in 'In the News' started by xcel, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] A personal favorite 7-passenger SUV receives a lighter weight 5-passenger variant.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 20, 2017

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    VW will be building a new five-passenger SUV at its Chattanooga factory. Based off Volkswagen’s MQB platform, the new Volkswagen SUV will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas and, like its sibling, will be designed and engineered for the American driver.

    VW will invest approximately $340 million to bring the vehicle to market, in addition to approximately $900 million already invested to expand the plant for Atlas production. The five-passenger Atlas variant will mark the third Volkswagen model assembled at the Chattanooga factory. Volkswagen Chattanooga also manufactures the Passat, which went on sale in 2011, and the Atlas, which started sales in 2017.

    A concept version of the five-passenger SUV will be officially unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show tomorrow.

    The larger question is where does this place the all-new 2018 Tiguan in the lineup and how will the two offerings sales ebb and flow to a new Atlas/Tiguan sales volume balance?
     
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  2. jcp123

    jcp123 Caliente!

    It'll be mostly marketing, methinks: hip urban families go into the Tiguan, while suburbanites look for a just-right-but-not-dowdy version of a wagon, and are put into an Atlas of either flavour.
     
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  3. Pavel4

    Pavel4 Well-Known Member

    Somebody's doing April Fools Day early.... that's an older LR Evoque with a VW badge.
     
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  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Earlier today, VW debuted its second iteration of the Atlas SUV at the NYIAS, the Atlas Cross Sport concept.

    2019 VW Atlas Cross Sport Concept

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    The new Atlas Cross Sport concept is a five-seat version of the midsize SUV that went on sale in the U.S. in 2017 as a seven-seater. The near-production concept car features a coupe-like profile and a plug-in hybrid drivetrain with 355 horsepower and an anticipated 26 miles of all-electric range!

    In addition, a conventional mild hybrid version of the same powertrain. I am guessing the HEV is a 48V system with little more than Stop Start and some regen braking but there is a 2 kWh battery in that configuration making me think it may be a full hybrid?

    The actual production vehicle is scheduled to be launched in the U.S. market starting in 2019 and will be built alongside the seven-passenger Atlas and the Passat sedan in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    The latest sales figures show the importance of the new SUV models: In February, 54 percent of VW’s American customers chose a Tiguan or an Atlas. VW of America will further increase the market share of its SUV fleet with new models such as the production version of the Atlas Cross Sport concept and the all-electric I.D. CROZZ that has been announced for 2020.

    2019 VW Atlas Cross Sport Design

    The concept vehicle is 190.8 inches long, 68.3 inches tall and 79.9 inches wide. The exterior is marked at the front by a two-bar grille instead of the three bars on the seven-passenger Atlas. In both vehicles, the LED headlamps and LED DRLs are key features of the new midsize VW SUV. Unlike the Atlas seven-seater, the grille crossbars are also illuminated in white and operate as LED DRLs. I really like these horizontal light bars!

    The rear wheelarch on the driver's side features the ‘filler cap’ for connecting the charging plug for the Li-Ion traction battery; the one on the other side houses an actual fuel filler neck. The 22” alloys are shod with 285/40 tires, have high-gloss polished spokes for a truly premium look. 17 or 18s are fine but I am not a fan of the 22’s as you can well imagine.

    The character line transitions into an aluminum accent at the rear. LED taillights are standard. It also features a low sill height of 33.3 inches for ease of loading.

    2019 VW Atlas Cross Sport Interior

    The horizontal design remains as the infotainment touchscreen is located high on the instrument panel. The driver and front passenger can manage all infotainment functions and the basic vehicle configuration via a 10.1-inch touchscreen with proximity sensors and gesture control. The layout of the graphics changes depending on which driving profile is selected— ‘Snow,’ ‘Sport,’ ‘On-road’ or ‘Off-road’.

    Navi can be displayed in a two-dimensional or three-dimensional form. In the 3D view, the user has the option of configuring an individual display layout, which can be done on three or more levels that hover above one another in virtual space. Each level shows the map and position of the vehicle, but with different information. On the top level, the driver can configure the Points-of-Interest (POI); the middle level has geographic information such as the current elevation above sea level; the lower ‘Car’ level shows the route and the position of the vehicle.

    The 12.3-inch VW Digital Cockpit has a resolution of 1,440 x 540 pixels.

    The area below the infotainment system and the Digital Cockpit is upgraded by a horizontal trim strip made of brushed aluminum, which runs across the whole width of the interior. Again, this is VW design at its finest. A touchscreen is used for climate control settings, including those for the seat heating and ventilation. Without knobs and buttons, I am not sure if this is a good idea.

    On the left-hand side of the center console, the selector lever for the 6-speed DSG AT. It is always in a central position. Short clicks activate the ‘R,’ ‘N’ and ‘D’ settings. A separate button integrated in the selector lever is used to switch to the ‘P’ position.

    Behind the DSG shift lever is the 4MOTION Active Control that offers ‘On-road,’ ‘Off-road,’ ‘Sport’ and ‘Snow’ driving profiles. This selector has a high-tech design with an HD display and transparent ‘light pipe’ elements that conduct LED light. Between the DSG selector lever, driving profile selector and cupholders are the black hard keys for ‘ESC,’ ‘E-Mode’ and ‘GTE-Mode’ and the aluminum ‘Start/stop engine’ button. Two cupholders are positioned to the right of the DSG selector lever where they are easily accessible.

    There is one more functional console in the front of the cabin. In the roofline area, there are touch buttons that control the panoramic glass sunroof, a matching sunshade and interior light functions.

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    2019 VW Atlas Cross Sport Powertrain

    The Atlas Cross Sport concept uses the same 3.6L V6 FSI makes 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. This engine is boosted by two electric motors. The front motor develops 54 hp and 162 lb-ft, and the rear motor makes 114 hp and 199 lb-ft.

    Energy for the motors is supplied by a 18.0 kWh Li-Ion traction battery housed in the center tunnel. The drive system's total power amounts to 355 hp, which potentially enables the Cross Sport concept to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. The top speed is 130 mph.

    The Atlas Cross Sport concept {could” also feature a mild hybrid powertrain. Using the same V6 engine and electric motors, but with a smaller 2.0 kWh battery, the mild hybrid version would produce 310 horsepower and give 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 6.5 seconds. The top speed would remain at 130 mph.

    The Atlas Cross Sport PHEV concept can be driven in ‘E-Mode’, ‘Hybrid’, ‘GTE,’ ‘Off-road’ or ‘Battery Hold / Battery Charge’.

    ‘E-Mode’. The Atlas Cross Sport concept always starts out in the all-electric ‘E-Mode’ provided that the battery is sufficiently charged. The all-electric driving range is up to 26 miles. The 12V vehicle electrical system is supplied by a DC/DC converter. The battery is charged via external power sources or while driving.

    The hybrid version would always start in Hybrid mode. Depending on the driving situation, it automatically engages the V6 and/or the rear electric motor. If the driver removes his or her foot from the accelerator or brakes when the battery is not sufficiently charged, both electric motors operate as generators and feed energy recovered from braking into the lithium-ion battery. When the gasoline engine alone is powering the vehicle, the concept car is exclusively a front-wheel drive vehicle. However, the rear axle is rapidly engaged again as soon as the driving situation demands it.

    ‘GTE’ makes the throttle map, gearshifts and steering even sportier. In addition, the V6 and the electric motors work together in ‘GTE Mode’ during ‘boosting’ to access the full system output and the maximum system torque of 494 pound-feet.

    ‘Off-road’ makes the Atlas Cross Sport concept becomes an all-wheel drive vehicle. In this case, and when the battery's SoC is low, the front electric motor—now supplied with energy by the V6 gasoline engine—is employed exclusively as a generator and is the energy source for the electric motor on the rear axle. Due to the fact that, in Off-road mode, the gasoline engine drives the rear electric motor via electrical energy from the front electric motor, this all-wheel drive configuration is even available if the battery has a low state of charge. This gives the plug-in hybrid SUV very impressive off-road capability.

    ‘Battery Hold / Battery Charge’. The dual mode ‘Battery Hold’ (energy content of the battery stays constant) and ‘Battery Charge’ (battery is charged while driving) is activated from a menu in the infotainment system. It might be used, for example, to intentionally prepare for driving in the all-electric mode (‘E-Mode’), which could be required in a city of the future.

    In addition to all the above modes, the 4MOTION Active Control offers seven different driving profiles in the Atlas Cross Sport concept: ‘On-road’ (‘Comfort’ and ‘Eco’ modes), ‘Off-road’ (‘Rocks,’ ‘Sludge & Sand’ and ‘Gravel’ modes), ‘Sport’ and ‘Snow’.

    Both the HEV and PHEV are exciting. In my book. :)

    Wayne
     
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