There’s a new crossover in town, Volkswagen’s biggest American-produced vehicle, called Atlas. It has three rows, seating for seven, and two powertrains.
The latest addition to the brand’s crossover family is the new Atlas, produced at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, alongside the new Passat – instead of Mexico or Europa, as with the Tiguan and Touareg. It’s 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 69.6 inches high, making it larger than the rather old Touareg -188.8/76.4/67.3 – and even bigger than some of its competitors, such as the Honda Pilot (194.5/78.6/69.8). There’s an “innovative folding seat solution” used inside to make the life a bit easier for the seven adults – even when a child’s seat is positioned on the second row. The Volkswagen Car-Net system also delivers a complete suite of connected vehicles services. It has Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink as well as a Fender Premium Audio System with 12 channels, a 480-watt amplifier, and 12 speakers.
The Atlas uses a modified version of the company’s well known MQB platform, and under the hood has a 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine with 238 horsepower or the already very, very old (11 years of age) 3.6-liter VR6 engine now packing 280 horsepower. Both engines are linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with front wheel drive coming standard for the 2.0-liter TSI and Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system offered on the V6. Of course, the Atlas will be showcased to the entire world during the Los Angeles Auto Show, which kicks off November 18th.