The reports come six months after the Atlas name was first trademarked by VW in the US.
Volkswagen has neither confirmed the name of its production Crossblue nor shown images of the finished product. But earlier leaked pictures of what Auto Sina reported was a pre-production car surfaced online back in August. They're shown in the gallery.
The seven-seater is based on the Crossblue concept of 2013, and the leaked images suggest the final model will stay true to that car's design.
Its styling has evolved from the large SUV look first seen on the new Tiguan and due to be integrated onto the exterior of the 2017 Touareg. However, the Crossblue gets its own distinct features, which include a muscular bonnet and squared-off wheel arches, to give it a more rugged appearance.
Autocar sampled the Crossblue concept back in 2013. That car had a 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine supported by two electric motors – a 54bhp one sited next to the combustion engine at the front, and a 114bhp one mounted at the rear. Together, the three power sources provided a combined 302bhp, with a peak torque figure of 516lb ft.
Energy for the electric motors was supplied by a 9.8kWh lithium ion battery mounted in the floor of the cargo area.