Like its three-row and seven-seat sibling, the two-row SUV will also be assembled in the US and rides on VW's scalable MQB platform.
Sometimes less is more-especially if you remove a few seats for more passenger and cargo space.
The new unnamed SUV, a variant of the Atlas, will be designed and engineered for the USA market. 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. But a third row isn't a requirement for all vehicle shoppers, especially those putting a premium on cargo room, so Volkswagen has developed a two-row version of the Atlas, which will debut in concept form at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. The current Atlas is available with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 rated at 238 horsepower or a 280-hp 3.6-liter V-6.
Volkswagen plans to invest $340 million to build a new five-passenger sport utility vehicle based off its bigger Atlas model at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., a bet that American demand for crossovers and SUVs will continue.
Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
VW's latest concept SUV will make its official debut at the NY auto show next week.
MQB is a front-wheel-drive-based platform that also offers all-wheel drive.
Volkswagen announced on Monday that it will build a new SUV at its plant in Tennessee, as the world's largest automaker looks to capitalize on America's growing appetite for larger vehicles.
"So obviously Volkswagen's had its challenges the last three or four years".