- The Volkswagen Teramont X was unveiled at the Shanghai auto show today.
- A mid-size, two-row SUV, the Teramont X previews a forthcoming Volkswagen model for North America that may take the name Atlas when it's unveiled.
- Volkswagen indicated that the U.S.-spec model will likely be revealed in the third quarter of 2019.
Making its global debut at the Shanghai auto show today, the Teramont X, Volkswagen's two-row mid-size SUV, gives us a glimpse of a two-row SUV that's destined for American roads. If it looks familiar, that's because the Teramont X–and its three-row variant, the Teramont–is based on the Atlas SUV that's already sold in the United States.
The Teramont X sports a lower roofline, a more rakish rear liftgate, unique taillamps, and a slightly different side-window profile than the regular three-row Teramont/Atlas. We expect the interior of the vehicle will be about roomy as the first two rows of the Atlas, so four adults should find it exceptionally spacious.
We knew Volkswagen was green-lighting a mid-size two-row SUV for North America; at last year's New York auto show, the company showed the Atlas Cross Sport concept and confirmed such a vehicle would enter production, probably as a 2020 model.
Volkswagen spokesman, Mark Gillies, told C/D that the North American version will probably debut in the third quarter of 2019. It remains to be seen if the Teramont X will take the Atlas's name when it does break cover here or if it will go its own way with a unique badge.