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  1. rs271

    rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

    2018 VW Teramont caught undisguised; it’s the production version of the CrossBlue mid-size SUV

    We’ve been granted an early peek at Volkswagen’s long-anticipated midsize crossover that was teased by the CrossBlue Concept back in 2013 and which is believed to be called the Teramont.

    Captured completely undisguised in China by Auto Sina, the production version of VW’s three-row crossover is almost identical to the Crossblue study that made its debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, with only subtle exterior differences, such as revised lights and front bumper styling. Not much has changed inside either, with the production car retaining the same design sans the flashy trimmings.

    While it’s highly likely that what we’re looking at here is the Chinese domestic market model, few, if any, visible changes are expected to be made to the North American version that is expected to be introduced either in Los Angeles later this fall or in January 2017 in Detroit, with sales to start in the second quarter of next year.

    The Teramonto, or whatever else VW decides to name it, will ride on the group’s MQB platform sharing a similar footprint to the concept at 196.3 inches (4,986mm) long, 79.3 inches (2,014mm) wide, and 68.2 inches (1,732mm) tall, making it bigger all around than the current Touareg, and roughly the same size as Ford’s Explorer, which will be one of its main competitors along with other similar proposals like the Honda Pilot.

    Even though the Crossblue study came with a high-tech diesel-electric hybrid powertrain, VW is believed to keep things simple at launch, initially offering 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline and diesel units, together with a gasoline-powered V6 for top-end models.


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    Source: Carscoops
     
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    • KiwiRob

      KiwiRob Active Member

      Damn I wish this was coming to Europe.
       
    • Rolf

      Rolf Well-Known Member

      It looks huge, very close in size to the Audi Q7, it certainly looks a lot more butch than the Touareg with its upright front grill and lights.
       
    • tristatez28lt1

      tristatez28lt1 Well-Known Member

      I hope I'm posting this in the right thread as I'm still confused as to what the hell VW is doing with their two three row SUVs...

      2018 Volkswagen Three-Row Crossover SUV
      An American-built player to be named later.
      Prototype Drive

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      Volkswagen has been touting its late-to-the-party mid-size three-row SUV, to be built alongside the Passat in Chattanooga, for years now. A concept version called the CrossBlue first appeared three and a half years ago. But now, it’s finally real, and we’ve just driven a preproduction prototype of the company’s answer to the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander. One reason it has taken so long is that the Tennessee factory had to be expanded and equipped for this North America–focused machine. We also toured the plant where test cars are now being assembled. Full production is expected to start in mid-December, with the SUV appearing in dealerships early in the second quarter of 2017 as a 2018 model.

      You’ll notice we haven’t named this SUV yet. That’s because VW has yet to do so. Officials said they have a name in mind and clarified that the SUV will wear a different name in North America, its primary market, than it will in export form. VW said it was negotiating with another automaker on a name; reading between the lines, it could be that the badge they want for our model is an out-of-use trademark.

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      Built on VW’s MQB platform, the production model retains a character line running the full length of the vehicle above the wheels, but it’s less accentuated than it was on the Cross Coupe GTE concept—a follow-up to the original CrossBlue—that was displayed at the 2015 Detroit auto show. The distinctive line looks better than it did when overstated on the concept and is probably easier to produce for the sheetmetal supplier Gestamp, which is co-located at the Chattanooga industrial park surrounding VW’s factory. The car we drove was camouflaged on both ends, but we saw the complete body-in-white and, briefly, one finished and uncovered vehicle during our factory tour. In stance and dimensions, it resembles the Ford Explorer but with Passat-like details and cues.

      Also different from the concept is the D-pillar/liftgate portion, which is more upright, as expected. The liftgate opens conventionally with a release above the license plate, rather than employing a swiveling VW badge as both the release mechanism and handle in the clever manner of the Golf’s hatchback. We couldn’t open the liftgate on our drive because the camo interfered, but it had a power-operated lift mechanism that kicked in when we tried the release.

      in six seconds flat, while the Highlander’s naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 does the deed in 7.3 seconds (we have yet to test the 2017 Highlander with its updated V-6). The Ford and Toyota SUVs are the top sellers in the segment and VW’s primary targets, although for driving pleasure we prefer the Dodge Durango and the Mazda CX-9. VW is leaving the door open to a possible diesel variant of its new SUV, but those might all be left to export markets. More likely is a hybrid in later model years, but officials would not indicate whether they had in mind a conventional hybrid like that used in the Toyota Highlander or a plug-in like the one VW showed in that 2015 concept. If we had to put money down, we’d bet on the latter.

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      Seen side by side, VW’s new three-row vehicle looks only a little larger than the Touareg, but it is much more spacious inside, largely because the engine is mounted transversely (it’s longitudinal in the Touareg). The one we drove had a 60/40 split-folding second-row bench seat and eight-passenger capacity; we expect VW also will offer center-row captain’s chairs for a seven-seat configuration, given that its primary competitors do so. The new VW also is meant to sell at prices closer to the heart of the U.S. market for such large crossovers, starting in the $30K range where the Touareg has been hampered by being a more premium vehicle with stickers typically in the $50K neighborhood. VW will continue to offer the Touareg in America, but its hopes for expanded sales volumes rest in this new model. It will be joined on the lower end by a long-wheelbase, three-row version of the new Tiguanand, in some future model year, by an even smaller crossover. The current two-row Tiguan may continue alongside the new, longer one until that smaller vehicle is ready.

      The new SUV (it will be easier to keep this all straight when it gets a name) has a Passat-inspired instrument panel and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with controls for the IP’s center-mounted information screen and audio system. It all looked like standard MQB hardware, but most of the rectilinear dashboard was camouflaged, and we never saw the infotainment system display at its center.

      the Golf-based Alltrack wagon we also sampled briefly on these gravel roads, the all-wheel-drive system is on-demand most of the time, sending torque to the rear axle only in low-traction situations. In these pavement-free circumstances, we never got to experience it in front-wheel-drive mode, although we did manage a mile or two of 45 to 50 mph in Sport mode, which tightens steering response and amends the throttle and transmission programming.

      On the gravel roads, the vehicle we drove felt solid, quiet, and smooth in operation with comfortable seating and with good sightlines outward, excepting only the rear quarters, where the windows were partially covered by camouflage. Acceleration was more than sufficient for the conditions and felt on par with or a little better than a Highlander, but not as vigorous as that of the Ford Explorer Sport—just as you might expect. Steering and handling reminded us immediately of the Passat, while the brakes felt strong.

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      On the off-road trails through the woods, the all-wheel-drive system performed well, and the vehicle exhibited long, supple suspension travel, which is useful in rough terrain. The trail didn’t present any challenges that had us wishing for the greater abilities of a trail-rated Jeep, but it was more extreme than most owners will ever attempt and narrow enough to drive the parking sensors nuts with warning beeps as we progressed at appropriately cautious speeds. The suspension height is not adjustable, and while hill-descent control worked well and appropriately in response to brake and throttle inputs, there’s no button to engage it on command. This is not a vehicle for dedicated off-road adventurers, but like several others in the segment, it performed beyond our modest expectations.

      In other respects, too, VW seems to be on target. For instance, the center bench reclines, and it also folds forward and slides to ease entry to the third row from either side, with a cleverly designed release handle atop the seatback that can be flipped forward or backward to simplify use from outside or from behind the seat. There’s room enough to leave an empty child safety seat installed in the second row while folding the seat forward to access the third row. And both back rows can be folded flat for an expansive cargo hold. A tall adult can sit in the wayback seats with the center row slid forward one notch from its rearmost position, which also leaves enough legroom for a six-footer in the middle row. Cargo space behind the third row looks ample for a family-size load of groceries and not as cramped as in some three-row SUVs, although, as noted earlier, we couldn’t open that liftgate and had to eyeball it from the seat side.

      Expect VW to be aggressive about marketing its new family mobile, for which it has high hopes to expand U.S. sales volume. The automaker has added 26 percent more floor area to the factory, which had previously been expanded for the midterm update of the Passat, and it’s now populated with more than twice as many robots (850 versus 420). The company is adding 700 plant workers in preparation for the launch of the new SUV and envisions employment will rise to 3500 from today’s 2400 if all goes according to plan. The new capacity will be 250,000 vehicles annually, well beyond last year’s total output of 87,156 Passats. It’s a big play, so it is probably appropriate to be careful about giving this mainstream SUV a more palatable name than Touareg.

      Volkswagen Atlas Pictures | Photo Gallery | Car and Driver
       
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      • DjordjeC63

        DjordjeC63 Active Member

        There is one

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        • SCOTT27

          SCOTT27 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

          Its the car they should have had in the beginning instead of the US market only version of the AssHat.
          Now with sales plunging because of the little problem they brought upon themselves, now spreading to South Korea.
          Will US buyers be in favour of the Teramont? Or are US buyers done with VW?
           
        • Centurion

          Centurion Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

          Only if their marketing focus on petrol engines.
           
        • hoffmeister_fan

          hoffmeister_fan Well-Known Member

          If the Chinese-sourced spy pics are to go by, I prefer the styling of this over the current Q7.
           
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          SCOTT27 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

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          • rs271

            rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

            Forget the Teramont; VW will name its new SUV the Atlas

            VW will name the production version of the CrossBlue concept ‘Atlas’, according to recent reports.

            Scheduled for reveal on October 27 in California, VW’s new three-row SUV will be known as Atlas, AutoNews reports, with the name being a ‘closely guarded secret’ since 2013 when the CrossBlue concept made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show.

            So the new Atlas not only moves away from VW’s SUV naming strategy which dictates all names must start with a ‘T’ but also reflects the promise of the VW USA boss Hinrich Woebcken to give their new midsize SUV a much easier to pronounce name, one that’s unique to the North American market.

            “Two or three years ago, it would’ve been a no-go that the region decides an individual name,” Woebcken said in July. “This is already an early sign that Wolfsburg is willing to let go.”

            The new VW Atlas will ride on the modular MQB platform, making it the first US-built Volkswagen to use this platform, and according to previous leaks, will have a similar footprint with the Audi Q7, despite its much lower price. VW will position their new SUV between the upcoming Tiguan LWB and the Touareg.

            Chinese models have been spotted previously undisguised, showing us that the new Atlas remains faithful to the original design of the CrossBlue concept.

            Source: Carscoops
             
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            • hoffmeister_fan

              hoffmeister_fan Well-Known Member

              That should have been the case 5 or 6 years ago, then they'd be able to truly capitalize on this segment. I guess it takes a little ol' emissions scandal to loosen up the reigns.
               
            • rs271

              rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

              @Mods: is it possible to change the thread title in "VW Atlas"? Thanks in advance. :)

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                rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

                VW Atlas
                World premiere of the Volkswagen Atlas in California! The new seven-seater SUV for the US market was unveiled on the Santa Monica Pier at the end of historic Route 66. The VW Atlas launches a new chapter in the company's American history. The new model will be built in Chattanooga (Tennessee) for the North American market and offers innovative technology and spaciousness. In addition, the new Atlas thrills with hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail.

                "This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever built in the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we're known for, now with room for seven," said Hinrich J. Woebcken, Volkswagen CEO of North America Region.

                The Volkswagen Atlas opens up an important segment for the brand: midsize SUVs, as the Americans call them, already formed a tenth of all new registrations in the USA in 2015. For the first time, Volkswagen's Atlas now offers a model in this high-volume class in the category between the Tiguan and the Touareg that is fully tailored to American needs.

                Building on the modular transverse matrix (MQB) from Volkswagen, the Atlas is born with the latest Volkswagen design DNA. Classic proportions and clean lines that create a sense of timelessness and precision. Up front, standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights combine for a unique visual signature, with optional LED taillights to complete the look.

                With a length of 5,037 mm (198.3 inches), a width of 1,979 mm (77.9 inches) and a height of 1,768 mm (69.6 inches) the 2018 Atlas is larger than any other Volkswagen on sale in the USA.

                Inside, the VW Atlas makes maximum use of its dimensions to offer space for seven adults and their luggage. The third row can be easily reached by an innovative folding seat solution. Clear, driver-centric displays enhance the driving experience. In addition, the optional Active Info Display (called the "Volkswagen Digital Cockpit" in the USA) allows drivers extensive options for configuring the display.

                Volkswagen Car-Net offers a wide range of online services, including standard App-Connect technology that offers integration with the three major smartphone platforms - Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. The new Atlas model also features a Fender® Premium Audio System offering a sophisticated sound experience with twelve speakers and a 480 Watt amplifier.

                The Volkswagen Atlas offers a selection of premium SUV driver assistance features. Depending on the equipment line, these include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

                The Volkswagen Atlas is also the only vehicle in its class to offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This automatically initiates a deceleration of the vehicle when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.

                The new Volkswagen Atlas arrives with a choice of two powertrains: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI with gasoline direct injection and turbo charging with 175 kW / 238 PS and the already available 3.6-liter VR6 engine with 206 kW / 280 PS. Both engines route power through an eight-speed transmission.

                The Atlas can be configured either as front-wheel-drive or with 4Motion all-wheel-drive in combination with the VR6 engine. The 4Motion system has a Driving Mode Selection feature that allows the driver to select specific parameters based on driving conditions. US Environmental Protection Agency EPA fuel economy estimates will be released ahead of the launch in Spring of 2017.

                The 2018 Atlas will be built alongside the Passat for North America at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant (Tennessee). Volkswagen has invested an additional €900 million in the facility. The Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification for its environmental excellence by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.

                From the end of 2017 this large SUV will be offered in the Russia and Middle East markets.

                 
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                • klier

                  klier Member

                  But it's so ugly and cheap looking. If they bring it to Europe, make a Skoda or Seat put of it please.
                   
                • KiwiRob

                  KiwiRob Active Member

                  Make is a Skoda, I'd look long and hard at it, I believe there is a market for it, there are plenty of families with 2-3 kids out there that don't want to drive an MPV, would really like a large SUV but can't afford Q7, GLS, XC90, Discovery or RRS.

                  BTW I don't think it's ugly, it no all that bad looking and there's nothing wrong with the interior, it's perfectly workable, not every SUV has to be a luxury SUV.
                   
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                  • hoffmeister_fan

                    hoffmeister_fan Well-Known Member

                    I actually prefer this shape to Q7. Those crease lines, especially above the wheels, are a bit ghastly though.
                     
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                  • Centurion

                    Centurion Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

                    I can tell by the design that it's design for the American market. If you removed the VW badge I wouldn't know its a German car. For consumers its good to see a German 7 seater that's cheaper than the Q7. Pricing will be a deal breaker as the Toureg cost more than the Ford Explorer and other American 7 seaters that offer good value for money.
                     
                  • shonguiz

                    shonguiz Well-Known Member

                    Big and cheap, like a good american SUV.
                     
                  • Giannis

                    Giannis Global Moderator / Editor Staff Member

                    ... I'd bet it's a Skoda!
                     
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