Volkswagen Atlas 5-passenger concept to be unveiled in NY

Volkswagen Atlas 5-passenger concept to be unveiled in NY

Volkswagen Atlas 5-passenger concept to be unveiled in NY

A concept version of the new model will be shown at the NY auto show later this month, and Volkswagen has released an illustration of that vehicle (see above). Like the original seven-seater, the new Atlas variant will be based on the MQB platform and be built at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga plant.

The German automaker said the funds will go towards beefing up the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant to build additional Atlas sport utility vehicles geared towards the U.S. market.

They will unveil a concept version of the un-named vehicle at the New York International Auto Show in ten days.

The concept art of the concept version shows very large, prominent lower chin intake elements, a swoopier "floating" roofline, and a three-bar grille with smaller, more integrated headlights. The segment long claimed by stalwarts such as the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe is about to get crowded with the rumored return of the Chevrolet Blazer and this two-row variant of Volkswagen's Atlas. The southeastern Tennessee factory, which also assembles Passat sedans, employs about 3,200 workers. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Volkwagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system available as an option.

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Volkswagen is investing $340 million in its Chattanooga plant to build a new version of its Atlas SUV - a version that will seat five people, unlike the current model that seats seven.

The Atlas started production in 2016 in Chattanooga and went on sale in 2017, earning Cars.com's Best of the Year. This is in addition to about US$900 million (about RM3.5 billion) already invested to expand the plant for Atlas production.

No on-sale date has been given for the new five-passenger Atlas.

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