Atlas launches this Spring, but R-Line pack won't be available until later in the year.
Volkswagen's highly anticipated 2018 Atlas crossover is finally here – we saw it for the first time just a couple of months ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show. And while the new CUV won't go on sale in the U.S. and Canada until the spring, Volkswagen is already offering a look at what's next for the Atlas: an R-Line trim, with sporty-ish visual cues inside and out.
Available on the SE and SEL models, the R-Line pack adds unique front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, and 20-inch wheels. Inside, the upgrades are limited to a small R clip on the steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and a fancy R-Line logo that displays on the infotainment screen upon startup.
Because it's an appearance pack offered on two models, buyers can get the R-Line treatment with either the four- or six-cylinder engines, and with front- or all-wheel drive. The four-cylinder model makes 235 horsepower and only comes with front-wheel drive, but opting for the 3.6-litre V6 nets you 276 hp, and the option to add AWD capability.
It's unclear exactly how much the R-Line package, since we don't have pricing for any Atlas models just yet. Expect that to be revealed closer to its launch this spring, with the R-Line option being added later this year. We'll be able to see the Atlas R-Line in person at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show next week.