The Volkswagen Atlas is yet to be sold in the US but it does look like the company is already preparing to expand its client base. As earlier reported, Volkswagen of America will be exporting the big SUV to Russia and will be using an exclusive 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel for its engine. This was revealed during the press interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show with Juergen Stackmann. When asked to comment whether the Atlas is going to be sold in Western Europe, Stackmann stated that the company has been eyeing Russia.
At the same event, Volkswagen’s head for Sales and Marketing also mentioned that they are considering other countries. But no other country has been specifically named afterwards. Instead, the Atlas will also be available in China beginning next year under the name Teramont. It is also believed that the Teramont will be slightly modified for its market. Considering this, Volkswagen has already confirmed that the particular model will be assembled locally in China and will not come from the US.
The Atlas was actually inspired by the CrossBlue concept three years before. Like this, it was created with Volkswagen’s MQB modular design platform. In fact, Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf have been using the same platform as well. All these years, Volkswagen has picked out names that start with the letter T for its mid-size SUVs.
Apart from Touareg, there’s also the VW Tiguan crossover vehicle. The Atlas meanwhile has been named Teramont but only for China.
There are no reports yet if the model bound for Russia will be offered with just one engine variant. The US version as we know will be powered by 3.6 litre naturally aspirated V6 gasoline and 2.0 litre turbocharged engines. The exclusive-for-China SUV or the Teramont, which was only introduced last month in Beijing will come with 2.5 litre V6 and 2.0 litre petrol engines.
Stackmann described the Atlas as the longest three-row SUV that they have ever developed. The Atlas (or Teramont) measures 5.03 metres long or 198.3 inches to be exact. He went on to say that the “bold” SUV has already captured the American market this early. The 7-seater SUV is 1.5 inches wider and about ten inches longer than the Volkswagen Touareg.
Volkswagen will build the new Atlas at the Chattanooga factory in the US and had invested around nine million dollars to manufacture the new SUV together with Passat. Since the company is further reinforcing its SUV segment in the country, a longer wheelbase of its Tiguan SUV will be exported next year from Mexico.