Sometimes less is more—especially if you remove a few seats for more passenger and cargo space. Volkswagen is bringing a five-passenger Atlas SUV concept to the 2018 New York auto show. Like its three-row, seven-seat sibling, the two-row SUV will also be assembled in the U.S. and rides on VW’s scalable MQB platform.
“The Atlas has built strong momentum for Volkswagen in the SUV segment, and we are excited to grow our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled five-passenger SUV,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, Volkswagen President and CEO, in a statement. “We are not only committed to this market, we are committed to our U.S. manufacturing home in Chattanooga, Tennessee.”
Volkswagen says that it will invest about $340 million to bring its new five-passenger Atlas variant to market. It’s the third Volkswagen model assembled at the company’s Chattanooga factory.
The current Atlas is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the base model that delivers 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V-6 engine offers 276 hp and 266 lb-ft.
Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Volkwagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system available as an option.
The five-passenger Atlas variant will likely offer the same engine options. Volkswagen sold 27,119 seven-passenger Atlas crossovers last year.
The concept will make its official debut at the New York auto show next week.