Volkswagen has finally realized what Americans want: SUVs without weird names or inflated prices! Now it’s exploiting the Atlas platform to give us just that. While we’ve yet to see the much-rumored Atlas pickup truck, VW did see fit to unveil the “baby Atlas” concept.
This five-seater concept previews a production model that will start rolling off the Chattanooga assembly line in 2019. It’s 7.5 inches shorter than the regular Atlas, but the wheelbase is identical. VW says it’s a near-production concept, so don’t expect a ton of changes. Those nifty light-up badges and grille probably won’t make the final cut. Sad, I know.
In case you didn’t hear, Volkswagen is really sorry about the diesel emissions cheating stuff. As part of the continual apology, this concept crossover features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. The electric-only range is about 26 miles. A 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine sits under the hood. On tap is 355 horsepower, so this thing should scoot in a hurry.
The interior looks nice and definitely has a near-production feel. Volkswagen mentions there are four driving profiles: Snow, Sport, On-road, and Off-road. This would make a great rally racer or Baja entrant, especially with a roof-mounted or grille-mounted light bar.