The Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Concept that debuted at the 2018 New York Auto Show is VW’s statement of intent.
This is the car VW wants to build before the realities of production, cost, and legislation make it look more like everything else you see on the road. It would be understandable to expect that when the Atlas Cross Sport hits production, its funky details will be toned down or even eliminated entirely. Take, for instance, the complicated headlights, a concept cue if ever there was one.
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That’s not what VW’s head of design, Klaus Bischoff, thinks.
“I want them to go into production,” Bischoff told VW Vortex at the New York Auto Show. “It is possible within U.S. regulation.”
Bischoff added that the Chattanooga plant could handle the complexity of the lights but said that price might still prove to be a deciding factor.
“The decision is still being made,” he said.
A shortened version of the Atlas, the Atlas Cross Sport is more about aesthetic than it is about practicality, hence the fewer seats and the seven-inch shrink in total length.
We’ll find out for sure what VW decides in 2019 when it goes into production at the Chattanooga plant.
A version of this article originally appeared on VWVortex.com