Volkswagen Announces Five-Seater Version of 2019 Atlas SUV

UPDATE: Volkswagen's 5-seat SUV named Atlas, variant of larger SUV built in Chattanooga

The current Atlas is available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine for the base model that delivers 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.

"During my time as Governor, I've watched Volkswagen Chattanooga flourish from a single vehicle producer, starting with the Passat, into what it is today-a thriving US manufacturing operation that can produce three models, and counting", said Governor Haslam. Like the original seven-seater, the new Atlas variant will be based on the MQB platform and be built at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga plant.

We'll have the official details live from NY next week. A concept version of the five-passenger Atlas will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show next week.

No jobs will be added to produce the additional vehicle, but it should improve job security at the factory, a spokeswoman said by email.

The move comes after President Donald Trump earlier this month imposed steep tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, a move that drew sharp criticism from United States trading partners and prompted European Union officials to threaten to retaliate against some USA goods. The segment long claimed by stalwarts such as the Nissan Murano, Ford Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe is about to get crowded with the rumored return of the Chevrolet Blazer and this two-row variant of Volkswagen's Atlas.

"They needed to fill out that plant for business economic reasons, not for trade reasons", she said. The new, smaller SUV will also be called Altas like it's larger sibling. "We are not only committed to this market, we are committed to our USA manufacturing home in Chattanooga, Tennessee".

The company claims it will spend $340 million to bring the Atlas five-seater to production, expanding on the $900 million already spent to expand the Chattanooga plant to build the Atlas seven-seater.

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