VW to invest $340 mln in Tennessee to build new SUV

Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak

Sometimes less is more-especially if you remove a few seats for more passenger and cargo space.

Hinrich J. Woebcken, Volkswagen Group of America's president and chief executive, said the Atlas that went on sale last spring has built "strong momentum for Volkswagen in the SUV segment, and we are excited to grow our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled five-passenger SUV".

"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 USA manufacturing operation that can produce three models, and counting", said Governor Bill Haslam. And now, VW has confirmed that it's indeed a two-row Atlas that will be produced there, joining the three-row job in the VW lineup.

A concept version of the new five-seat SUV will be unveiled at the New York International Auto Show that starts March 30.

Volkswagen will likely pitch the Atlas five-seater alternately as a less expensive base model on the low end and a stylish, premium sport-ute "coupe" in higher trims. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Volkwagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system available as an option.

It will build a five-passenger SUV that will be branded as part of the company's Atlas family. Volkswagen sold 27,119 seven-passenger Atlases past year.

In the meantime, be sure to check back for all our coverage straight from the floor of the 2018 NY auto show, for which the media preview officially kicks off March 28.

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