The name for Volkswagen’s new seven-seat SUV has been set: Atlas.
According to Automotive News, Volkswagen will fully reveal the new Atlas on October 27 at an event in Santa Monica, California. Earlier this year, Volkswagen trademarked a number of new names in the U.S. including Atlas.
The concept that teased the new model was called the CrossBlue, while up until now it was believed that the production model would be called the VW Teramont.
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Unlike its previous offerings in the crossover and SUV space, the Touareg and Tiguan, VW wanted its new product to have a name that was easier for Americans to pronounce. The new name also changes Volkswagen’s convention of using ‘T’ as the first letter of its crossover’s names.
A Volkswagen spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the speculation when asked by Automotive News.
The Atlas will be built in Chattanooga, TN and will be based on VW’s MQB modular platform. After the Atlas launches, a new larger Tiguan model will go on sale in mid-2017.
[Source: Automotive News]
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