Volkswagen reveals the Atlas and the Teramont, different names for the same SUV

The new D-segment from Volkswagen, the production version of the CrossBlue concept, was often refered to as Atlas, often as Teramont. In the end, the MQB-based SUV will have both names, depending on where it is produced and sold. The US model is named Atlas, while the Chinese model received the Teramont name. But both are just the same 7-seater vehicle.

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The relationship is not limited to the looks, which you can compare in the main image in this article and the brown unit above, with the Chinese plate. The dimensions are also the same. The Atlas/Teramont is 5.04 m long, 1.98 m wide, 1.77 m tall and it has a 2.98 m wheelbase. But this is where things start to change a little. Both the Atlas and the Teramont will be powered by the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine called TSI. Anyway, it will deliver different outputs. In China, the 2.0 will be available with 137 kW and 162 kW, while the US model will present 175 kW.

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Both SUVs will also be powered by V6s, but different ones. The Teramont will offer a 2.5-liter V6 that delivers 220 kW and 500 Nm, while the Atlas will have a 3.6-liter VR6 that is weaker than the one on the Chinese SUV: 206 kW. There is also a difference related to the transmissions. While the Atlas uses an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Teramont will have a 7-speed DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission).

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The main feature of the Atlas/Teramont will be its capacity to transport 7 people. And lots of load in case its owner does not need the 3rd row of seats.

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Unfortunately, Volkswagen has not disclosed its trunk capacity, but the images give us a fairly good idea of what the new SUV can carry. We’ll probably know more about it will its public presentation, at the LA Auto Show.

By the end of 2017, the new SUV, which can be front-wheel or all-wheel drive, will also be offered in Russia and Middle East. Probably supplied by the Chinese plants.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them two SAE Journalism Awards. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.