A personal favorite 7-passenger SUV receives a lighter weight 5-passenger variant. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 20, 2017 VW will be building a new five-passenger SUV at its Chattanooga factory. Based off Volkswagen’s MQB platform, the new Volkswagen SUV will be a variant of the seven-passenger Atlas and, like its sibling, will be designed and engineered for the American driver. VW will invest approximately $340 million to bring the vehicle to market, in addition to approximately $900 million already invested to expand the plant for Atlas production. The five-passenger Atlas variant will mark the third Volkswagen model assembled at the Chattanooga factory. Volkswagen Chattanooga also manufactures the Passat, which went on sale in 2011, and the Atlas, which started sales in 2017. A concept version of the five-passenger SUV will be officially unveiled at the 2018 New York International Auto Show tomorrow. The larger question is where does this place the all-new 2018 Tiguan in the lineup and how will the two offerings sales ebb and flow to a new Atlas/Tiguan sales volume balance?