After many problems with diesel emission scandal, Volkswagen wants to get back on track in the U.S. market. It’s no more a secret, 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will enrich German lineup. It’s the largest model Volkswagen will sell and manufacture in the U.S. at Chattanooga plant. It comes with two engine options and surprisingly or not none of them is diesel. The manufacturer expects much from its new three-row SUV, but only the time will tell will it recognition.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Design
New Atlas will ride on MQB platform, which has been stretched to the max. There are exact dimensions to back this up since length is 198.3 inches, width is 77.9 inches while the height is 69.6 inches. In comparison to Honda Pilot it’s almost four inches longer, and a half inch narrower.
As for design, designers use a ton of DNA from CrossBlue Concept. But on the other hand, it really looks like an Audi Q7 if you ignore front grille. Grille alone is carried over from the concept with minor changes. Not just that, headlights are also taken from the concept with one detail added below them, probably for daytime running lights. The hood is identical to the Q7. When viewed from the side, also nothing spectacularly new because the general design is similar to the Audi’s. Only the fenders are more pronounced with the flow to the middle of the bodyline to give that masculine look.
The rear end, on the other hand, doesn’t have that many similarities with the Q7, but it’s also nothing new. It resembles the design of other Volkswagen’s lineup. Nevertheless, rear end looks quite nice with a rear light design that is unique compared to other vehicles. Just below those not so thin chrome line stretches from one end, across the trunk, to another giving it a nice detail. There are also two exhaust pipes which blend in nicely with the whole design.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Interior
On the inside, the overall design is just a larger one from Passat. The driver has nice sport wheel with flat bottom and thumb buttons on each side. Behind it, there is VW’s digital cockpit, that is again quite similar to Audi’s Virtual cockpit. The top of the dashboard is reserved for the smaller storage compartment, while just below is a large infotainment screen. Although exact measurements of the interior are not yet available, VW says there is more than enough room for all seven occupants.
Not much standard features are in mention, but optional you can have Volkswagen’s Car-Net system which comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. For entertainment purposes there is Fender Premium audio system which comes as 480-Watt amplifier and a set of 12 speakers. By the words of VW officials it is the most sophisticated system that ever entered their vehicle. But again, it also comes as an option.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Drivetrain
As we said earlier no diesel variant is set for U.S. market. So as standard, a 4-cylinder engine 2.0-liter turbo engine is set under the hood of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. This direct-injection engine produces 238 horsepower. That might be just enough for this large SUV like 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. But for those who want more power there is another option which will satisfy the majority of potential buyers. It is a 3.6-liter VR6 which produces 280 horsepower. Another good thing about this option is that it can come with 4Motion all-wheel drive. Whichever engine you opt for, only one gearbox is available. And that is eight-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas – Price
New model will be offered in five trim levels, and detailed information will surely be available closer to the launch. And that is Spring 2017. Pricing options of 2018 Volkswagen Atlas are not yet available, but if you take the current pricing options of Touareg, you can have estimates. If Touareg starts at $49.495 and ends at $60.195, new SUV base price won’t go under $54.000. If you’re not into the Germans you can always opt for Ford Explorer or Honda Pilot.