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The Volkswagen Atlas, the company’s new three-row, seven-seat SUV, has been teased in a new video ahead of its debut later this week.

Size wise, the Atlas will be larger than the existing Touareg. While the Touareg is pitched and priced as a premium vehicle, the Atlas will be more affordable, and has been designed to compete with mass market crossovers, like the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Kluger, known in the US as the Highlander.

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This teaser, as well as photos leaked from China and renderings from the Netherlands, show that the Atlas is pretty faithful to the CrossBlue concept car.

Although the Atlas name has yet to be confirmed on the record by Volkswagen, a credible report in the German press surfaced earlier this month.

The Atlas name fits in well with leaks from the German automaker that its American arm was allowed to choose an easier to pronounce, and more American name for the vehicle. Earlier reports suggested that the vehicle would named Teramont.

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Reports and spy photos indicate that the Atlas will be available with at least two engine choices: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and a 3.6-liter V6.

To be built in both China and the US, the Atlas is based on Volkswagen’s MQB architecture, meaning that it will have transversely mounted engines, and be available in both front- and all-wheel drive formats.

Australia

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed to CarAdvice that it is interested in the Atlas, but it’s not known, at this stage, whether the large SUV will be produced in right-hand drive.

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