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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.

Volkswagen is making a significant donation to help the environment of Eastern Tennessee.

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The Conservation Fund will be on the receiving end of a $1.25 million donation from Volkswagen. The monies will be used to buy, protect and donate hundreds of acres of land to the U.S. Forest Service. Any remaining money will be used to provide community grants in Eastern Tennessee.

Volkswagen's U.S. plant is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, near where these funds will be used.

Cherokee National Forest Tennessee The additional conservation efforts will allow visitors to enjoy the national habitats of wildlife in Tennessee.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited about our partnership with Volkswagen and the opportunity to advance their commitment to corporate leadership around sustainability," said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. "Volkswagen is taking real, measurable steps forward to help protect the environment, embrace sustainable business practices and support the communities in which they work."

Most of the funds will be used to increase the size of the Cherokee National Forest. The Forest was created in 1920 and currently stands at about 656,000 acres north and south of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Volkswagen's donation will help add 1,500 acres to the site. That new acreage will be used for public recreation and habitat protection for black bears and Indiana bats.

Cherokee National Forest sign Tennessee Volkswagen of America and The Conservation Fund are teaming up to increase the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"Our work with The Conservation Fund will help strengthen the environment and help us give back to a community where more than 3,800 of our colleagues live," said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "This collaboration in our own backyard underscores our 'Drive Bigger' goal of pursuing ideas bigger than ourselves and then taking action. We feel a responsibility to show how a major automaker can credibly contribute to the greater good."

In addition to the bears and bats, the Forest is home to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, several whitewater rivers, and 12 designated wildernesses.

The Conservation Fund is negotiating with private landowners to acquire properties that will be held until they can be transferred to the USDA Forest Service for long-term stewardship in 2020 and 2021.

Jessica Hawkins, stunt driver, sits behind the wheel of the 2020 Land Rover Defender on the set of 'No Time to Die'.

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When James Bond knocks, you answer. Whether it's Aston Martin or Land Rover, British auto brands have been well represented in the forthcoming James Bond movie "No Time to Die".

The new Land Rover Defender 110 appears alongside Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Naomie Harris, Ralph Finnes, and Ben Whitshaw. It is featured in a change sequence that showcases the vehicle's prowess in extreme off road conditions. Behind the scenes photos of the action show stunt coordinator Lee Morrison, who has worked on Jason Bourne, Indiana Jones, and James Bond movies, and stunt driver Jessica Hawkins, who competes in the W Series, at work.

The Land Rover Defender 110 driving through thick mud during filming of "No Time to Die."

"Designing and coordinating the action sequences for the Bond franchise requires a non-compromising mindset." said Morrison. "We needed an unstoppable vehicle to help us battle against the elements, steep descents and river crossings so we chose the new Defender. I'm beyond impressed that the Defender is not only back but much, much better!"

The Defender appears alongside the Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover Series III, and Range Rover Classic as the Bond character, played by Craig, traverses the globe to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

Land Rover's design team worked closely with Special Effects and Action Vehicles Supervisor Chris Corbould to spec the Defender vehicles in the film. They are based on the Defender X model in Santorini Black, with darkened skid pans, 20-inch dark finish wheels, and professional off-road tires. The modes were the first Defender vehicles to be built at Jaguar Land Rover's new production facility in Nitra, Slovakia.

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Land Rover has had a long-standing partnership with EON Productions on the Bond films, going back to 1983 when a Range Rover Convertible appeared in "Octopussy".

The Land Rover Defender 110 featured in "No Time To Die" will be on display for the first time in Los Angeles during the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Consumers can see the vehicle at the 2019 Los Angeles International Auto Show between November 20 and December 1, 2019.

"No Time to Die" will be released starting April 2, 2020 in the U.K. and in the U.S on April 10.

The Defender 110 will be priced from $49,900 in the U.S. and will go on sale in the spring.