Local media reports from Germany indicate the company’s all-new midsize crossover – to be produced in America – would have an inspiring name: Atlas.
Volkswagen’s new three-row, midsize crossover that might be presented during this year’s edition of the Los Angeles Auto Show in November is allegedly called “Atlas”. Apparently the name was specifically chosen to resonate with the US audience – breaking the “T” rule. It has been revealed that on April 28, Volkswagen of Americas filed a local trademark for the ‘Atlas’ moniker, to be used on “Automobiles; engines for land vehicles.” The new crossover is VW’s bid to secure a bigger footing in the popular family-crossover segment in the United States – and will go head to head with competitors such as the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.
The model will be produced in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will most likely be a production version of the CrossBlue concept of 2013. Engine options at the start of sales will include a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine good for 238 horsepower (177 kilowatts), as well as an optional 3.6-liter V6 packing for 280 hp (208 kW). The model could arrive this November at the LA Auto Show and build could start at the sole US factory before the end of the year, with deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.
Via Automotive News