2021 VW GTI Online World Premiere; 2020 Atlas Cross Sport Specs

Officials cancelled the Geneva Motor Show due to coronavirus outbreak.  VW, therefore, moved the planned debut of the eight-generation GTI online.  Here’s a link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeIh2hQWk-I

There’s a tribute to the original GTI, too.  According to Hyundai’s Michelle Tinson, carmakers went into overdrive moving crews, gear and executives to alternative vehicle-launch venues.

European Dub fans get a 245-hp turbocharged mill (EA888 evo4) with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.  A fresh driving dynamics system plus driver-selected damping provide a range of driving styles.  Lane Keep Assist and Front Assist are standard.

A digital cockpit and 10-inch touchscreen replace conventional controls.  There are several touch points.  One can tap or slide to adjust temperature, turn on seat heaters and select driving modes.  A multifunction steering wheel is standard.

The grille’s trim connecting the headlamps lights up.  Below-the-bumper are five-element hexagonal lamps.  GTI-like fun can be efficient, too.  There’s a GTE (plug-in hybrid) or dual-SCR catalyst GTD (diesel).

At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, 15,630 adults were taken for a ride—in Altas Cross Sports.  VW’s sandman, Saad Chehab a marketing ace, ordered the Baja-like indoor sandbox.  Professional drivers drove the vehicles.   Here’s a link to VW’s Cross Sport design review:  https://youtu.be/HjHF9fs  https://youtu.be/HjHF9fs_858

S trim with 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine starts at $31,565 including destination.  Add $1,900 for AWD.  Forward collision abatement, blind spot monitoring and rear traffic assist are standard.

SE trim adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel and power driver’s seat.  SE with/Tech lets you add the 3.6-liter V6 for $1,400 more than the four.  A loaded Cross Sport’s MSRP is more than $50,000.  Nicely equipped ones are less than of $40,000.   Notice the eyesore front camera.  It’s for the overhead view camera setup.