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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Two 2020 Atlas Cross Sports are driven out at the Volkswagen Assembly Plant on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The five-seat Atlas Cross Sport, which takes design cues from its larger seven-seat Atlas SUV, will hit dealerships early next year, according to the German automaker.

This story was updated at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, with more information.

Volkswagen's latest Chattanooga-made SUV will start at more than $30,000, according to the German automaker.

The 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will have a manufacturers starting retail price of $30,545, with the company citing its coupe-like design and connectivity and driver- assistance systems.

The five-seat vehicle based off the seven-seat Atlas SUV will offer a 276-horsepower V6 or 235-horsepower four- cylinder TSI engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with available Volkswagen 4Motion.

Standard features include 18-inch aluminum- alloy wheels, full LED lighting, front assist, blind spot monitor, Car-Net, and Wi-Fi, VW said.

Inside, with two rows of seating, the Cross Sport has a "spacious interior ... with ample legroom for passengers as well as cargo space," according to the company.

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Staff file photo by C.B. Schmelter / Attendees check out the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga during an unveiling of the new vehicle.

The five-seat Atlas Cross Sport, which takes design cues from its larger seven-seat Atlas SUV, will hit dealerships early next year, according to the German automaker.

The Cross Sport will be available in eight trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at U.S. Volkswagen dealers early this year.

Available features include 20- and 21-inch wheels, easy open rear hatch, remote start, heated rear seats, leather seating surfaces, adaptive front-light system, Volkswagen digital cockpit, Fender Premium Audio system, lane assist, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display, the company said.

"The name of the game is SUVs," said Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America's chief executive, just before a new Atlas Cross Sport rolled off the assembly line inside the Chattanooga factory amid hollering and clapping by a large group of workers last October.

The VW plant also produces the Passat sedan, the Atlas, and it recently broke ground on an $800 million expansion to assemble an electric SUV by 2022.

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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Volkswagen Group of America President and CEO Scott Keogh speaks after the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport was revealed at the Volkswagen Assembly Plant on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The five-seat Atlas Cross Sport, which takes design cues from its larger seven-seat Atlas SUV, will hit dealerships early next year, according to the German automaker.
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