Volkswagen just unveiled the all-new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport as a shorter, lower and arguably more stylish version of its regular mid-size SUV.
The five-passenger Atlas Cross Sport is hardly diminutive. Both midsize CUVs sit on the same 117.3-inch wheelbase and are 78.3 inches in width, but along with a third row the Cross Sport loses 2.8 inches in length and 2.3 inches in height. The result is 40.3 cu.-ft. behind the second row and 77.8 cu.-ft. when folded down. Note that these figures are still cavernous compared to some 3-row utes.
Under the hood are two engine options: a 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 or a 235-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both are coupled to an eight-speed automatic, and both are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The Atlas Cross Sport carries EPA fuel-economy estimates of 21 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined for the front-wheel-drive model with the turbo four; adding all-wheel drive to that engine drops the ratings to 18, 23, and 20 mpg respectively. The V-6 model has not yet been rated.
From a tech perspective, the Atlas Cross Sport will be available with navigation, wireless charging, a 10.25-inch Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, and Volkswagen Car-Net, which is an OEM suite of connected apps and includes 4G LTE-capable hotspot speeds.
The Atlas Cross Sport will be offered in base S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line trims; Volkswagen has not yet released pricing for any 2020 Atlas Cross Sport trim, but we expect pricing to stick close to the three-row Atlas, which, for the 2019 model year, starts at $31,890 for the base S and up to $49,390 for the top-of-the-line SEL Premium.