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Volkswagen unveils new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport fastback SUV

There is a new model in the VW SUV lineup, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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Volkswagen could not be restrained. In a vehicle design era where every two- and three-row luxury SUV is seemingly being re-conceived with a fastback design, it was only a matter of time before the Volkswagen Atlas got the treatment.

And here it is, the 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

"Building off the success of the Atlas seven-seater midsize SUV, we see an opportunity for a five-seater model that offers even more style and almost as much interior space," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "We look forward to entering this growing segment with the Atlas Cross Sport, which offers outstanding Volkswagen technology, driver-assist features, style, and value."

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The front of the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is similar to the Atlas, but not identical.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The new SUV is 2.8 inches shorter than the current Atlas and 2.3 inches closer to the ground. It's the same 78.3 inches wide as the 2019 Atlas and rides on the identical 117.3-inch wheelbase.

At its front, the Atlas Cross Sport has a three-bar chrome grille and a distinctive new light signature. These looks are very similar to what was seen on the Volkswagen concept that was first seen at the 2018 New York Auto Show.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The rear of the Atlas Cross Sport features a sloping roofline and less square appearance than the Atlas.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The look is rounded out with a sculpted rear bumper, and chrome accents on the lower body sides, rear bumper, and windows. R-Line models features more heavily sculpted bumpers with chrome and piano black treatments and available 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

VW is giving buyers the same powertrain options in the Atlas Cross Sport as they have in the Atlas - a 235-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or the 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The interior of the Atlas Cross Sport is more premium than in the Atlas, alluding to what is coming in the larger model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The model has interior upgrades over the Atlas. There's a new steering wheel and available stitching accents on the door inserts and seats. There's a more modern list of available features including wireless charging, heated rear seats and steering wheel, ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, and the Fender Premium Audio System with 12 speakers. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit configurable instrument display is available on the SEL and SEL Premium trims.

It comes standard with forward collision warning with braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert. Other safety and driver assistance features are available including adaptive cruise control, park distance control, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport The Atlas Cross Sport has a good amount of passenger and cargo space despite its sloping roofline.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

The Atlas Cross Sport has 111.8 cubic feet of passenger space. There is 40.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its second row seats and that number expands to 77.8 cubic feet with the second row folded. Though the new model has less space than the original Atlas SUV, it still has more space than many other three-row SUVs.

The Chattanooga-made 2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will be available in eight trim levels: S, SE, SE w/Tech, SE w/Tech R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line. The model will go on sale in Spring 2020 with pricing announced closer to that date.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is on sale now.

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The all-electric range of the 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 has been confirmed. The model is the first modern electric Volkswagen to be sold in the U.S. and a model that the German automaker is resting a lot of hopes on for the future of sales in the country.

The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Pro with all-wheel drive will achieve an EPA-estimated 260 miles of all-electric range on a full charge. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition, which have more features and equipment and therefore weigh more, achieve an estimated 250 miles of range.

The EPA-estimated fuel economy for ID.4 Pro RWD is 107 MPGe in the city; 91 MPGe on the highway, and 99 MPGe combined. The ID.4 Pro S and 1st Edition does slightly worse achieving 104 MPGe in the city, 89 MPGe on the highway, and 97 MPGe combined.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior The "1st" badging denotes the vehicle as a first edition model. Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

These new numbers come as part of a second round of EPA testing. Original testing found that the model did not quite hit its target.

How does that compare to other EVs? The Nissan Leaf Plus offers 226 miles of all-electric power. The Hyundai Kona Electric delivers 258 miles. Volvo's XC40 Recharge has just 208 miles of all-electric range but the Tesla Model Y can go up to 326 miles on one full charge.

First out of the Volkswagen gate will be ID.4 models with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery and rear-mounted AC permanent-magnet synchronous motor. That system delivers 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet of torque.

At a public DC fast-charging station with 125 kW charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes. With purchase, ID.4 owners receive three years of unlimited charging at Electrify America DC Fast Chargers at no additional cost.

The 2021 ID.4 is on sale now, with pricing for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro starting at $39,995 MSRP, before a potential Federal tax credit of up to $7,500. The Pro S carries an MSRP of $44,495. The limited-run ID.4 1st Edition, which sold out the day the vehicle was launched, carried an MSRP of $43,995.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz will debut next week but ahead of that, the design department is giving a closer look at the truck in a new video.

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We'll see the Hyundai Santa Cruz in full for the first time when it debuts on April 15 but ahead of time, Hyundai is setting the stage for expectations with the model. To help with that, the company released a video today featuring the truck's design manager discussing the inspiration for the utility vehicle.

The quick one-minute video is hosted by Brad Arnold, design manager at Hyundai North America. The Southern California native is the leader of the team that created the Santa Cruz, a project that began years ago. He's joined in the video by Senon Franco, the lead designer at Hyundai North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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As Arnold explains in the video, the design of the Santa Cruz started with a simple premise: "this is not a typical truck". Based on how Arnold describes the capabilities of the truck, that sounds true. It is meant to "thrive in dense urban environments and the open outdoors". One could argue that no full-size truck on the market today does that. Neither do most of the midsize models, though their sizing is better for that landscape.

Arnold says that the Santa Cruz is "small in size", a call that serves to remind viewers that the Santa Cruz isn't a big truck. It's more similar in size to the forthcoming Ford Maverick, a small truck that slots below the Ranger in Ford's lineup.

However, the company isn't even calling it a truck. The new model is being referred to as the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. This sounds a lot like how Kia is referring to the new generation of its Carnival minivan as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Arnold says that the design is meant to make the Santa Cruz not look like a truck. Rather, it's supposed to look "like a Santa Cruz". Part of that includes the front end, which looks like a carryover from the fascia of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Among the other secrets Hyundai is giving away ahead of the product's reveal is that there will be more than one "efficient" powertrain, a flexible bed, "cutting-edge" connectivity, and all-wheel drive.

Watch the video for yourself below.

Design Inspiration | 2022 Santa Cruz | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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