The new Volkswagen Atlas is the largest American-made vehicle the company has built to date.
After a hefty teasing campaign, Volkswagen has finally introduced the three-row Atlas, the newest addition to the German marque’s growing crossover lineup. But unlike the Tiguan and Toureg, which are both produced in Mexico and Europe respectively, the Atlas is the first and largest CUV to come out of the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, alongside the new Passat.
Measuring in at 198.3 inches (5,037 millimetres) long, 77.9 inches (1,979 mm) wide, and 69.6 inches (1,768 mm) high, the new Atlas is bigger than the aging Toureg (188.8/76.4/67.3, 4,796/1,941/1,709), and even longer still than the new Honda Pilot (194.5/78.6/69.8, 4,940/1,996/1,773). Naturally, all of this translates to a more spacious interior.
With room for seven adults and some luggage, the Atlas makes optimal use of all those exterior dimensions – though Volkswagen hasn’t said yet exactly how much usable space is actually available in the cabin. An “innovative folding seat solution” being the highlight of this new interior, which allows easy access to the third row, even with a child’s seat in the second.
An available Volkswagen Car-Net system allows users access to a full suite of connected vehicles services. Tack on features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink, and Atlas is ready for smartphone duty. There's also the Fender Premium Audio System that comes with 12 channels, a 480-watt amplifier, and 12 speakers.
Riding on a revised version of Volkwagen’s signature MQB architecture, the new SUV utilizes a 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine with an output of 238 horsepower. Looking for something a bit more spritely? The now 11-year-old 3.6-litre VR6 engine remains an option, and produces 280 horsepower.
Power for both engines is routed through a more efficient eight-speed automatic transmission, and is transferred to either the front wheels when equipped with the 2.0-litre TSI, or all four wheels courtesy of Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive system, when optioned with the 3.6-litre VR6. When equipped with AWD, the system allows for a number of different selectable driving modes for various road conditions.
The Volkswagen Atlas will be on display at the L.A. Auto Show beginning November 18th.
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