2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal

The first look I got at the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport was at the LA Auto Show.  While SoCal Volkswagen dealers will have it in the Spring of 2020.

And at first glance, the new edition to VW’s crossover SUV lineup looks much like it’s bigger sibling, the Atlas with 3-rows of seating.

But once you give it a little more attention the enhanced sportiness of the aptly named Cross Sport is definitely appreciated.  And Cross Sport will seat up to 5.

Personally, my mind drew a parallel the sibling Volkswagens (Atlas and Cross Sport) and another set of siblings.  That’s the luxury and way-way more expensive Land Rovers (Range Rover Sport and Velar).

And my friend Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen says that’s significant.  Because “it highlights Volkswagen’s innate ability to pack ridiculous value (and prestige) into its affordable-to-everyone products.”

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Reveal

Volkswagen @ 2019 LA Auto Show

Atlas Cross Sport in Volkswagen’s Crossover SUV Lineup

The Atlas Cross Sport is a two-row midsize crossover SUV that slots between the Atlas and Tiguan.

It’s worth noting that Volkswagen just recently introduced the Atlas.  Additionally, the affordable European carmaker recently delivered an entirely new generation of the Tiguan.

So the Atlas Cross Sport further proves Volkswagen’s commitment to America’s seemingly insatiable demand for crossover SUV vehicles.

Trim Configurations & Prices

Volkswagen will have eight trim level options once at full production.  With all but three of those are planned for the initial rollout.

 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Trims & MSRPs:

  • S $30,545
  • SE $33,945
    • w/ Technology $35,945
    • w/ Technology R-Line $37,345*
  • SEL $39,545
    • R-Line $41,245*
    • Premium $46,295
    • Premium R-Line $47,995*

*Later availability

And please note that the above prices are manufacturer’s starting retail prices.  Plus, how you equip your vehicle will impact the price.

Regardless, go see my friends at Ontario Volkswagen for the best buying experience – including the best price.

Engines and Transmissions

There will be two different engines for the 2020 Cross Sport.  And those will be a turbocharged four-cylinder and a V6.

So the turbo 4-cylinder will put out 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.  While the V6 takes it up to 276 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.  And when you go with the V6 you’ll have a towing capacity of 5,000lbs.

Plus you’ll have the option of 4MOTION, which is Volkswagen’s sure-footed all-wheel-drive system.

What Does The 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport Look Like?

While Cross Sport looks similar to Atlas it’s bolder and sportier.  Mostly due to the shortened and forward-angled c-pillar (rear pillar), it takes on a coupe-like appearance.

2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport front @ 2019 LA Auto Show

Cross Sport 3-bar grill.

And, at least for 2020, here’s the trick to tell the difference between Atlas and Cross Sport from the front.  Cross Sport has three chrome bars running across the length of the grill.  And Atlas has only 2.

Blue 2019 VW Atlas front

2019 VW Atlas 2-bar grill

Additionally, available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels will further accentuate Cross Sports bold-look and aggressive stance.

Inside Atlas Cross Sport

Volkswagen hasn’t released all dimensions of Cross Sport as of yet.  But it’s stating that the interior is upgraded from Atlas with a redesigned steering wheel.

And, like the Atlas, VW is stating there will be able legroom for riders in the backseat. Additionally, the enormous panoramic moonroof that Volkswagen puts in some of its vehicles will be available with Cross Sport.

Cargo Space

Plus with the backseats folded down, you’ll have lots of cargo space.  Because that is a measurement that Volkswagen is committing to stating that there will be 77.8 cubic inches available.

Infotainment, Connectivity, And Driver Assistance Technology

Volkswagen’s digital cockpit will be available in Cross Sport and with a 10-inch display.  Also, available will be wireless smartphone charging.

And regarding driver assistance safety features, VW is stating that there will be a variety of those technological advances available too.  That will include pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot monitoring, and traffic jam assist.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport badge

Coupe-like VW Atlas Cross Sport

Impressively, standard across all Cross Sport trim levels is Volkswagen’s telematics system.  So, it’s called the Car-Net.  And it’s impressive because for 2020 all VW telematics systems come with partial service for free for the first 5-years.

VW Atlas Cross Sport

So, with the Cross Sport Volkswagen continues to double-down on its crossover SUV lineup.  And as soon as Southern California Volkswagen Dealers take delivery I’ll have a complete test drive review.  And if you want more information about buying one contact Randy Halcomb at Ontario Volkswagen. RHalcomb [at] OntarioVW [dot] com.