Volkswagen Building Atlas Variant for U.S. Market [Breaking News]

5-passenger Volkswagen Atlas Variant
[Photo: Volkswagen]

Volkswagen is building a five-passenger Atlas variant at its Chattanooga Plant 

We’re about a year in from the release of the all-new Volkswagen Atlas. In its present form, it’s a seven-passenger SUV designed to replace the Volkswagen Touareg in the American market. To compensate for the corresponding gap in the range, Volkswagen made their compact Tiguan larger than the outgoing model. Now, they’ve just announced a five-passenger variant of the Atlas will be built at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

Note this model will not be just an Atlas by name with two fewer seats. According to Volkswagen, this model “will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas”. Like the Atlas, however, it “will be designed for the American market.” Volkswagen hasn’t yet named the new SUV, at time of writing. At this point, we just know that they will base the five-passenger model on the MQB platform.

Volkswagen invested heavily in the Chattanooga plant to bring the U.S.-market specific Atlas to market. Now, alongside the Passat, this SUV will mark the third vehicle Volkswagen will produce at the facility. Volkswagen will unveil the concept pictured above at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. Stay tuned to for further coverage!

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