The new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport was recently revealed at VW’s production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, slotting in as a fresh entry in the popular midsize five-passenger crossover segment. As such, the new Volkswagen will butt heads with the latest Chevrolet Blazer, so with that in mind, let’s take a quick look at how the two models compare in terms of raw specs.
Naming & Positioning
Spring-boarding off VW’s existing Atlas nameplate, the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport slots in just below the standard three-row, seven-seater Volkswagen Atlas, and is framed as offering “even more style and almost as much interior space” as that of the standard Atlas.
The defining features for the Cross Sport model is a chopped roofline and two-row seating, as compared to the higher roofline and three rows of seating offered by the standard VW Atlas. To note, the standard VW Atlas was introduced for the 2018 model year.
The new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is offered with two engine options, including a naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 producing 276 horsepower, as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder producing 235 horsepower. Both engines connect to an eight-speed automatic transmission and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is offered with either the naturally aspirated 2.5L LCV four-cylinder, which is rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, or the naturally aspirated 3.6L LGX V6, which is rated at 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 model year also introduced the turbocharged 2.0L LSY four-cylinder for 2LT and 3LT trim levels, with output rated at 230 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm.
Each engine option for the Chevrolet Blazer connects to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, with FWD as standard and AWD as optional. The Blazer RS and Blazer Premier trim levels also offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD system for even better performance in low-traction conditions.
The new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport features a “coupe-like design” that lowers overall height by 2.3 inches compared to the standard Atlas, making it 67.7 inches tall. The Atlas Cross Sport is also 2.8 inches shorter in terms of overall length, measuring in at 195.5 inches. Overall width and wheelbase are identical to the standard Atlas at 78.3 inches and 117.3 inches, respectively.
Comparatively speaking, the Chevrolet Blazer is smaller in every single dimension. Overall height slots in at 67 inches, overall length is 191.4 inches, the overall width is 76.7 inches, and the wheelbase is 112.7 inches.
|Measurement (inches)||2020 Chevrolet Blazer||2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport||+ / – Blazer|
|Overall Height:||67||67.7||- 0.7|
|Overall Length:||191.4||195.5||- 4.1|
|Overall Width:||76.7||78.3||- 1.6|
VW boasts that despite the lowered roofline, the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport offers “almost as much” interior room as the standard Atlas. The Cross Sport also comes equipped with two rows of seating, as opposed to the three rows offered by the standard Atlas.
In terms of interior dimensions, the Atlas Cross Sport offers 111.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, with 40.3 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row seats and 77.8 cubic feet with the second row down.
Unsurprisingly given its smaller exterior dimensions, the Chevrolet Blazer is down on interior room in every metric, with an EPA-rated 107.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, 30.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seat, and 64.2 cubic-feet of space with the rear seat folded.
|Measurement (cu. ft.)||2020 Chevrolet Blazer||2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport||+ / – Blazer|
|Passenger Volume||107.8||111.8||- 4|
|Cargo Volume (behind second row)||30.5||40.3||- 9.8|
|Cargo Volume (second row folded)||64.2||77.8||- 23.6|
In addition to competition from the Chevrolet Blazer, the new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport will also go up against the Ford Edge, Subaru Outback, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Passport.
Pricing for the new Volkswagen Atlas Sport Cross will be announced closer to market launch in the Spring of 2020.