Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept: A Serious Contender?
In many ways, VW’s Atlas Cross Sport Concept is solely that: A thought car at an auto demonstrate loaded with gee-wiz options. In a large number of alternative ways, that is simply VW’s newest SUV. But the true key to the Atlas Cross Sport Concept will also be discovered within the press fabrics when VW says, “Atlas five-seater shows that Volkswagen has a serious SUV strategy.”
In different phrases, “take our SUVs seriously.” Well, must we take the Atlas Cross Sport Concept significantly?
Up To Speed
For the ones out of the loop, the fast comic strip is that SUVs are a large deal. People need them, for plenty of causes you don’t need to be Sigmund Freud to actually work out. And automobile makers wish to promote them, for the reason that benefit margins are upper than conventional vehicles. So, final analysis: Everybody needs in at the SUV recreation. And Volkswagen is more or less overdue to the birthday party. So, their Atlas Cross Sport Concept has to hit the entire proper notes and make an influence.
The Atlas Cross Sport Concept sits proper in the midst of the SUV global. It’s now not massive, like an Escalade, and it’s now not goofy and tiny, like a Nissan Juke (if the Juke even counts). The Atlas can seat 5 and raise a large number of their stuff, and it looks as if a contemporary SUV: a large, two-box design corresponding to a station wagon on steroids.
The Atlas Cross Sport Concept is 7.five inches shorter than the run-of-the-mill Atlas, but it helps to keep the similar wheelbase. The maximum notable loss is that 3rd row, which knocks the seating capability down to 5. So the Atlas Cross Sport Concept isn’t aimed toward giant households, however it’s nonetheless large enough for the general public and maximum households to make use of more often than not. VW is going on and on about the way it seems, however to my eyes, it’s fairly inoffensive and generic and, if anything else, there’s now not a lot there to even criticize. What actually units VW’s Atlas Cross Sport Concept aside is the hybrid drivetrain.
Power & Performance
Volkswagen notes the Atlas is in line with the corporate’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform, and that it may be “built with all manner of drive systems, including a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.” In different phrases, search for a host of engine possible choices around the vary.
The thought makes use of the similar three.6-liter V6 FSI engine because the “normal” Atlas, hanging out 276 horsepower and 266 lb-ft. of torque. However, that’s just the beginning, since output is enhanced by means of two electrical motors “fueled” by means of a compact 18.zero kWh lithium-ion battery housed within the heart tunnel. The entrance motor places out 54 horsepower and 162 lb-ft. of torque, and the rear motor provides 114 horsepower and 199 lb-ft. of torque to the birthday party. This method a complete device energy output of 355 horsepower and 1,439,294 lb-ft. of torque.
Wait, I believe my figures are a bit off for the torque? Let’s simply say it places out a large number of torque, ok? Anyways, you upload all that up and this VW thought hits 60 in simply five.four seconds, topping out at 130 mph.
And right here’s the place issues get apparently geeky and gearhead-centric. The instrument genies that keep an eye on the entirety perform a little very fascinating stuff, permitting this idea to function in any of 5 modes: E-Mode, Hybrid, GTE, Off-Road or Battery Hold/Battery Charge.
The car all the time begins out within the all-electric E-Mode if the battery is adequately charged. The all-electric using vary is as much as 26 miles. Impressive. In E-Mode, force energy is solely equipped by means of the 114 horsepower electrical motor on the rear axle. Further, the gas engine is decoupled from the drivetrain and close off. As quickly because the instrument makes a decision it wishes the V6, it’s recoupled to the drivetrain in a nearly unnoticeable procedure.
When running in Hybrid mode, the V6 and/or rear electrical motor routinely have interaction. If the battery isn’t sufficiently charged at this level, lifting your foot off the accelerator or hitting the brakes will flip the electrical motors into turbines the place the power recovered from braking is pumped into the lithium-ion battery. In GTE, which is driver-activated by the use of a button, the throttle map, gearshifts, and guidance really feel sportier, and the V6 and the electrical motors paintings in combination to get right of entry to the overall device’s energy output. Ya-hoo!
If the driving force turns on the Off-Road mode, the Atlas Cross Sport Concept is going full-on all-wheel force. The battery’s state of rate is low, and the entrance electrical motor is solely used as a generator for the electrical motor at the rear axle. This is claimed to offer this show-car Atlas very spectacular off-road skill.
Finally, the twin Battery Hold/Battery Charge mode is activated from a menu within the infotainment device. Battery Hold method the power content material of the battery remains consistent and Battery Charge method the battery is charged whilst using; and all this sounds relatively suave. For instance, you may use this mode to deliberately prep for using within the all-electric mode.
Will this idea be constructed? Probably, however that’s now not the purpose, I believe. The level this is that VW may well be sitting on an overly versatile drivetrain that may be dropped into numerous long run automobiles. We must wait and spot. In the intervening time, the Atlas Cross Sport Concept is on show the New York International Auto Show, now via April eighth on the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Tony Borroz has spent his whole existence racing vintage and sports activities vehicles. He is the creator of Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, to be had in paperback or Kindle structure. Follow his paintings on Twitter: @TonyBorroz.
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