Volkswagen spun the smalleroff of its big-daddy three-row household for 2020, and the sleeker-looking crossover manages to carve out a avenue presence all its personal. Sadly, VW has up to now declined to capitalize on the Cross Sport’s further visible perspective by augmenting its efficiency credentials. The brand new Cross Sport GT Idea proven right here means that the German automaker is beginning to see some potential in a higher-performance model.
The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport GT Idea ditches the usual crossover’s 235-horsepower four-cylinder and non-obligatory 276-hp six in favor of the turbocharged 2.0-liter EA888 TSI mill out of the most recent. Tuned right here to ship 300-plus hp to all 4 wheels, this slicked-back idea figures to boast higher acceleration than the milquetoast V6 manufacturing mannequin, particularly since VW has additionally fitted the Golf R’s quicker-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as an alternative of the common mannequin’s standard eight-speed automated.
Long-established atop an everyday SEL Premium R-Line mannequin inbuilt Chattanooga, Tennessee, the GT Idea hunkers down low on ST Suspension XTA Plus three coilover shocks, and it wears massive 22-inch ABT Sport HR Aerowheels clad in Yokohama Advan Sport rubber. The brakes have been upgraded, as nicely, principally the becoming of Tarox eight-piston calipers up entrance. The entire enchilada is coated in Eisvogelblau (aka Kingfisher Blue) paint, beforehand seen on some European-market fashions just like the.
The cabin hasn’t escaped customized touches, both, together with a set of Recaro Sportster CS seats entrance and rear which might be edged in blue trim to enrich the outside. Further color-matched tweaks embrace blue seatbelts, steering-wheel stitching and floor-mat piping, in addition to a first-generation GTI-inspired golf-ball shifter knob. (The latter seems to be a bit odd sitting atop an automated transmission gear selector.) By shifting away from a traditional rear bench seat to 2 particular person racing-style shells, VW created area for a one-off customized heart console, full with extra USB cost ports.
Within the GT’s announcement press launch, Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, mentioned, “The launch of the all-newand Golf R received us enthusiastic about the way to inject a few of that VW magic into our SUVs… this idea is proof that it is doable to construct SUVs that would attraction to our efficiency fanatic base.”
VW is not saying if the Cross Sport GT previews a future manufacturing mannequin, however the automaker does plan to place the automobile on tour at numerous occasions to gauge public notion. The next-performance Cross Sport actually strikes us as a worthwhile addition, particularly since VW has easy accessibility to an appropriate driveline in its components bin. In any case, right this moment’s Cross Sport is a wonderfully competent machine, however its athletic seems to be do not sq. significantly nicely with its fairly boring driving dynamics.