For German carmaker Volkswagen, the 2018 model year will herald a new milestone as it widens its offering to include its largest sports utility vehicle yet in the United States, with a counterpart in another sweet market in the world, China.
The new seven-seater Volkswagen Atlas SUV – its Chinese version will be dubbed as Volkswagen Teramont -- will play a big role in VW’s attempt to regain the confidence of customers in the US following its so-called diesel-gate scandal in which regulators have found out that a software could cheat emissions tests. Just a second after the typical duration of emissions test, the software allows for the production of higher amounts of nitrogen oxide.
VW spent nearly four years to develop the Atlas/Teramont, which allows it to further penetrate the lucrative SUV segment in North America and the ever-growing auto market in China. It was developed to feature a muscular look inspired by the CrossBlue concept first unveiled in 2013.
Should the Atlas/Teramont be a huge success for VW, the German carmaker would be able to cushion the impact of billions of dollars in the fallout from its diesel-gate scandal, simply because big SUVs have higher prices and are more profitable than smaller units.
Basically twins with similar dimensions, the Atlas and the Teramont are underpinned by VW’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) platform and feature the brand’s latest design DNA that boasts of clean lines and classic proportions. Their front ends are marked by standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, with the rear section available with LED taillights.
These twin SUVs are differentiated only by a number of details and engines. The Atlas will be powered by either a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine that develops 238hp of max output or a 3.6-liter V6 engine that provides 280hp of output. Both are paired to an eight-speed transmission.
On the other hand, the Teramont will be offered with three powertrain options – two versions of 2.0-liter TFSI engine that develop 186hp and 220hp of outputs and 2.5-liter V6 TFSI engine that delivers 299hp of output. All Teramont engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with VW’s 4Motion AWD system.
German car maker Volkswagen has revealed a new SUV for the US and the Chinese market. Christened as Atlas, the new SUV will haul seven Americans, while the counterpart Teramont will seat seven Chinese adults. The new Volkswagen Altas will be produced by the German carmaker its Chattanooga manufacturing site in Tennessee for the US market, while the Teramont will be manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
Volkswagen will unveil the new Teramont seven-seater SUV at the 2016 Guangzhou Auto Show in November, and will release complete details at the same time.