This new third-row SUV has room for up to seven passengers, a robust VR6 engine, and available all-wheel drive. Wrapped in equilateral styling with eye-catching wheel arches, big lights front and rear, and lots of powerful lines and creases, it's the most masculine vehicle VW has ever envisioned.
"This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever built in the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we're known for, now with room for seven," Hinrich Woebcken, CEO Volkswagen's North America region, said in a statement. "The Atlas marks a brand-new journey for Volkswagen to enter into the heart of the American market."
VW went all out to create an SUV that would impress the American market. The all-new Volkswagen Atlas delivers a 3.6-liter narrow-angle six-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that makes 238 hp. Both come equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive is an option on the six-cylinder model. The AWD system can be configured depending on the driving conditions.
The third row has room for two more adults in the back making it perfect for daily commutes or family road-trips. The seats slide easily forward on rails, for smooth entry, exit, and plenty of storage. Up front, the driver gets an optional configurable digital cockpit with VW's Car-Net suite that includes the App-Connect feature that pairs smartphones easily with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink technologies, also offering the most sophisticated Fender audio system ever. Safety features include lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, and parking assist.
The Atlas has standard LED headlights and daytime running lights, and optional LED taillights. They drive up a design that looks ambiguously like those of its competitors, yet still remains true to VW's traditional styling language - there's some Touareg and Tiguan in there.
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