Volkswagen spun the smallestout of your three row big daddy family For 2020, and the sleeker-looking crossover manages to carve out a street presence of its own. Sadly, VW has so far refused to capitalize on the Cross Sport’s added visual attitude by boosting its performance credentials. The new Cross Sport GT Concept shown here suggests that the German automaker is starting to see some potential in a higher-performance version.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Concept ditches the standard crossover’s 235-horsepower four-cylinder and the optional 276-horsepower six in favor of the latest 2.0-liter turbocharged EA888 TSI mill.. Tuned here to deliver more than 300 horsepower to all four wheels, this sleek concept seems to boast better acceleration than the milquetoast V6 production model, especially since VW has also fitted the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. faster from the Golf R instead. of the conventional eight-speed automatic of the regular model.
Designed on a standard integrated SEL Premium R-Line model Chattanooga, Tennessee, the GT Concept crouches on ST Suspension XTA Plus 3 coilover shocks, and uses large 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheels tires lined with Yokohama Advan Sport rubber. The brakes have also been improved, mainly the tuning of the eight-piston Tarox calipers at the front. The entire enchilada is coated with Eisvogelblau paint (also known as Kingfisher Blue), which was previously seen on some models on the European market such as the .
The cabin hasn’t escaped custom touches either, including a set of Recaro Sportster CS front and rear seats with blue trim to complement the exterior. Additional matching adjustments include blue seat belts, steering wheel stitching and floor mat piping, as well as a first-generation GTI-inspired golf ball gear shift knob. (The latter looks a bit odd sitting on top of an automatic transmission gear selector.) By moving away from a conventional rear bench seat to two individual race-style shells, VW created space for a unique custom center console, complete with more USB charging ports.
In the GT announcement press release, Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said: “The launch of the newand the Golf R got us thinking about how to inject some of that VW magic into our SUVs … this concept is proof that it is possible to build SUVs that can appeal to our performance enthusiast base. “
VW isn’t saying whether the Cross Sport GT anticipates a future production model, but the automaker plans to put the vehicle on tour at various events to gauge public perception. A higher-performing Cross Sport certainly strikes us as a worthy addition, especially since VW has easy access to a proper driveline in its parts. After all, today’s Cross Sport is a perfectly competent machine, but its athletic looks don’t sit well with its rather dull driving dynamics.