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Brad Leach | Oct 7, 2016

Volkswagen has confirmed its first large SUV will be called the Atlas - squashing earlier reports it would be called Teramont.

Perhaps that first name sprung from Volkswagen’s use of the letter ‘T’ for its SUVs - first the Touareg and then the Tiguan.

The all-new Volkswagen Atlas will be manufactured at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is scheduled to debut on 27 October at a media launch in Santa Monica, California.

As we reported a few weeks back, Volkswagen Group Australia boss Michael Bartsch desperately wants the large seven-seat SUV for local sales but at this stage right-hand-drive production has not been confirmed.

U.S. media reports claim the Atlas name was conceived by Volkswagen North America - and the fact head office in Wolfsburg, Germany acquiesced to end its proposed Teramont nomenclature shows how keen the German giant is for the large SUV to hit the sweet spot in the SUV-centric North American market.

Volkswagen's large SUV spied ahead of release
Volkswagen's large SUV spied ahead of release

We know the Atlas is a three-row seven-seater and flows from the CrossBlue concept (pictured, top) which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show in 2013 it will be the first Volkswagen built in Chattanooga on the MQB transverse matrix platform architecture.

While at this stage no engine details have been released, earlier spy photos showed an Atlas wearing a V6 badge. Volkswagen makes a number of V6 engines so let the speculation commence.

The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, already launched in Australia, does not arrive in North America until early next year.

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