VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept puts a Golf-R engine in a family SUV
Volkswagen continues to make concepts built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts
The Atlas is Volkswagen's backbone family car. It's got all the comfort and technology that segment needs, but it's not a particularly sporty vehicle. The brand decided to change that, in looks at least, with the Atlas Cross Sport, which lowers the roofline for a sporty look at the expense of the third row. But outside of appearance, there's nothing to draw the SUV buyer who wants some extra power for their commute.
The latest in a line of Volkswagen "enthusiast builds" is the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept, which fixes that power problem by borrowing the 300-hp four-cylinder turbo engine from the Golf R to put under the hood. They mated that to a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and the all-wheel-drive of the Atlas. It's also got an upgraded and lowered suspension, 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheel rims, and Tarox brake upgades.
If all that wasn't enough to show you that this is a special Atlas, the car features a rare Kingfisher Blue paint that's only available on select European-market models, gloss black trim, and GT badges. Inside, blue Recaro sport seats match the custom gearshift, wheel, door panels, seatbelts, and footrests. And, because it's built by Volkswagen, the release points out that no interior fittings use animal-based materials.
Volkswagen would like you to know that there are no plans to put this model into production. However, if you're enthused about fast VW SUVs, then this probably signifies some future models to come, like the Ford ST line of SUVs.