Volkswagen announced that the new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport — a slightly sportier two-row version of its mid-size, three-row Atlas SUV — will start at $31,565 (all prices include a destination charge). That gets you the base trim level, called S, with front-wheel drive and Volkswagen’s 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
All-wheel drive adds $1,900 and the Cross Sport, which will be at dealers by the end of March, is the first version of the Atlas to offer it with the four-cylinder. That engine will come standard on all Cross Sport trim levels. The Atlas’ 276-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is an option, but not on the lowest two trims, S and SE.
The three-row Atlas offers the four-cylinder only with front-wheel drive, although it will reportedly follow the Cross Sport and offer it with AWD for 2021. A refreshed 2021 Atlas, incorporating many details first seen on the Cross Sport, will debut in February at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show and hit showrooms in the spring.
The Cross Sport starts slightly lower than the entry price ($32,565) for the 2020 Atlas S. And it comes in slightly under base starting prices for some 2020 mid-size rivals, including the Ford Edge ($32,195), Honda Passport ($33,110) and Jeep Grand Cherokee ($33,540). But it starts higher than the Chevrolet Blazer ($29,995) and class value leader, the Hyundai Santa Fe ($26,995).
The Atlas Cross Sport S includes 18-inch alloy wheels, cloth seats, two USB-C ports, a front collision system with automatic braking and a blind spot monitor. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard, but the base touchscreen is only 6.5 inches.
Pricing on the Cross Sport can rise quickly as it adds features through eight trim levels and tops off north of $50,000. The $1,900 AWD option is available for all but the top two trim levels, which have it standard.
The higher trim levels begin with the SE, which also offers only the four-cylinder and starts at $34,965. It adds a number of desirable convenience features, as well as an 8-inch touchscreen and vinyl seats.
The SE with Technology — with additions like 20-inch wheels, a power liftgate and adaptive cruise control — starts at $36,965 for the four-cylinder. It offers the V-6 as an option, starting thus equipped at $38,365. The SE with Technology R-Line, available later in 2020, builds on this as the first trim level that includes the sportier R-Line appearance package. It starts at $38,365 with the four-cylinder and $39,765 with the V-6.
The SEL adds more driver-assistance tech, a virtual gauge cluster, adaptive headlights and in-dash navigation; it starts at $40,565 for the four-cylinder and $42,365 with the V-6. And the dressier SEL R-Line, also coming later, starts at $42,265 (four-cylinder) or $44,065 (V-6).
The SEL Premium has standard AWD, leather seats, premium audio and parking assist; it starts at $47,315 with the four-cylinder and $49,115 for the V-6. The SEL Premium R-Line tops the line at $49,015 (four-cylinder) or $50,815 (V-6). VW says four-cylinder availability will be limited on these top trim levels, so they might be hard to find.
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