VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept SUV packs a Golf R heart
Volkswagen turned the smaller onefrom his three-row Big Daddy family for 2020, and the slimmer looking crossover manages to develop its very own street presence. Unfortunately, VW has so far refused to take advantage of the cross sport’s added visual attitude by increasing its performance characteristics. The new Cross Sport GT Concept shown here suggests the German automaker is starting to see some potential in a more powerful version.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept dispenses with the 235 hp four-cylinder and the optional 276 hp six-cylinder of the standard crossover in favor of the turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 TSI grinder of the latest. Tuned here to deliver more than 300 hp to all four wheels, this slimmed-down concept is characterized by better acceleration than the Milquetoast V6 series model, especially since VW has also installed the faster-shifting seven-speed dual clutch transmission of the Golf R instead of the conventional one Eight-speed automatic of the regular model.
On a regular SEL Premium R-Line model from Chattanooga, Tennessee, the GT Concept sits low on ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilover dampers and wears large 22-inch ABT Sport HR aerowheels clad in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber . The brakes have also been upgraded, especially the installation of Tarox eight-piston calipers at the front. The entire enchilada is painted in Kingfisher Blue (also known as Kingfisher Blue), which was previously used on some European models such as the.
The cabin hasn’t missed out on it either, including a row of Recaro Sportster CS seats front and rear, rimmed with blue trim to complement the exterior. Further color-coordinated optimizations include blue seat belts, steering wheel seams and floor mat piping as well as a first-generation golf ball gear knob inspired by the GTI. (The latter looks a bit strange when you’re on an automatic transmission.) By switching from a conventional rear bench seat to two custom racing-style shells, VW has made room for a one-off bespoke center console with more USB charging ports.
In the GT press release, Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America said: “Introducing the brand newand Golf R got us thinking about how we could add some of that VW magic to our SUVs …
VW isn’t saying if the Cross Sport GT has a preview of a future production model, but the automaker plans to put the vehicle on tour at various events to gauge public perception. A more powerful cross sport certainly seems to us to be a worthwhile addition, especially since VW can easily access a suitable drive train in its parts bin. After all, the cross sport of today is a thoroughly competent machine, but its athletic appearance does not go particularly well with its rather dull driving dynamics.