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Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport concept

VW has made its most-American vehicle even more American, by turning it into a pickup.

The Atlas Cross Sport's most significant departure from the production Atlas is found in its powertrain.

That's not to say it's a small SUV, mind. For comparison, the seven-seat Atlas is 5,037 mm in length, 1,979 mm wide and 1,768 mm tall. The headlights and front bumper, using round LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), were redesigned and extend into the side profile.

With the Atlas hanging around, a now-updated Tiguan, and the eventual arrival of something sub-compact based on the T-Roc-not forgetting the Golf SportWagen Alltrack-you'd think Volkswagen has all the SUVs it needs to tackle the current sport utility tsunami that's flooding the industry. The result is still an imposing Atlas in the front paired with a short and sporty overhang in the rear. At the rear, the LED taillights are placed above an aluminum trim line that accentuates the SUV's width - as does the aluminum trim piece that unites the tailpipe surrounds. There's a touchscreen infotainment system and "Volkswagen Digital Cockpit" screen as well as yellow or blue lighting built into the instrument panel and headliner. 3D graphics for the navigation system offer multiple layers of driver-selectable data, optionally floating points-of-interest atop the underlying route. A 6-speed dual-clutch transmission handles gear changes. That makes it similar to the Honda Pilot-based Ridgeline pickup, and means it has a car-like ride, a V6 engine and all-wheel-drive. Dedicated buttons for ESC, E-Mode, and GTE-Mode are also included. A more mainstream Atlas Cross Sport is seen as a better fit as a sportier two-row SUV for the USA than the departed Touareg. The front motor adds 54 hp and 162 lb-ft, while the rear adds 114 hp and 199 lb-ft.

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Volkswagen also says a mild-hybrid version of the powertrain is possible, with the same electric motors and gas engine but a smaller 2.0kWh battery.

The default Hybrid mode uses battery power at low speeds, and blends energy drawn from both sources, using regenerative braking to capture otherwise lost energy. Production sheet metal would undoubtedly be more conservative than what you see here.

The automaker also points out that because the concept is built on the MQB platform, it is compatible with a wide variety of drive systems, and that fitting the concept with a mild hybrid powertrain using the same engine and electric motors, but powered by a smaller 2-kWh battery, would result in a vehicle producing 310 hp and capable of accelerating to 60 miles per hour in 6.5 seconds, with the same 130-mph top speed. A hybrid SUV with space for five would certainly fit that roadmap nicely.

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