Automotive Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept in motion

Published on July 23rd, 2021 | by Subhash Nair

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VW Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept Made For American Enthusiasts

The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept is a fan-made performance SUV.

Volkswagen has revealed a concept car to excite the American car enthusiast community – the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept. Right now, the car is completely imaginary. They’ve released some digital renders and given us a few specs and details to share.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept rear rendering

It is based on the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, a cousin of the Atlas, which is assembled in Chattanooga and was modified by Jamie Orr, a self-professed VW-nerd.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept front interior

It’s unlikely the car has any basis in the physical world and is completely a digital creation. Regardless, let’s see how Mr. Orr and Volkswagen have combined their forces to make this Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept a special one.

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To start, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport platform has had its suspension dramatically lowered. Large, 22″ ABT Sport HR Aerowheels have been fitted with a black and blue two-tone finish.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept wheel design

Under the hood, the EA888 2.0 TSI engine from the Volkswagen Golf R has been fitted. It also gets the radiator from the Golf R for sufficient cooling. This is paired to a 7-speed DSG and 4Motion all-wheel drive to give the 300 horsepower an effective path to the road.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept gear knob

For more on the the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept, check out the press release below.

Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept cabin

PRESS RELEASE

Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc. unveiled the latest enthusiast build for 2021, the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept. Combining fresh styling updates and a unique color palette with a modified 2.0-liter TSI® engine, lowered suspension, and custom wheels, the concept shows the sporty potential of the Chattanooga-assembled midsize SUV.  

The Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept started with a production vehicle assembled in Chattanooga, which was then modified by Volkswagen enthusiast Jamie Orr. The performance-enhanced SUV concept features a four-seat configuration and incorporates the striking blue color Eisvogelblau, translating to “Kingfisher Blue,” currently available on select Volkswagen products in Europe. The concept was hand painted by the Chattanooga production team.

Using a 2021 Atlas Cross Sport SEL Premium R-Line as its base, the GT Concept took several months to create and includes a host of unique touches. The build comprises 22-inch ABT Sport HR AEROWHEELs, wrapped in Yokohama Advan Sport V105 UHP 285/35R22 tires; ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilovers with color-matched and GT Concept -branded springs; TAROX eight-piston front brakes; and concept gloss black exterior trim replaces the existing chrome finishes. In addition, custom GT badging is integrated throughout the vehicle.

Under the hood is a version of the EA888 2.0 TSI engine found in the Volkswagen Golf R, with an IS38 turbo and an additional front-mounted radiator from a Mk7 Golf R.  It generates more than 300 horsepower. A seven-​speed DSG® automatic transmission was paired with the standard 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system to handle the extra power.

The eye-catching Eisvogelblau color was weaved throughout the interior of the car—from the bespoke RECARO Sportster CS seats to the custom blue gear shift and safety belts. Orr’s team also incorporated colorful accents to the steering wheel and custom Volkswagen Accessories floor mats to create a cohesive look. All of the modified interior materials are non-animal based.

Rounding out the custom interior seating layout is a one-of-a-kind rear center console, which follows the design language of the front console. Inside the storage compartment is a Volkswagen Accessories convenience safe and additional USB charging ports.

After being presented to the Volkswagen Chattanooga production team by Scott Keogh and Jamie Orr, the Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept will be at select events across the USA later this year.


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