Measuring a length of 5,037mm, a width of 1,979mm and a height of 1,768mm, the Atlas is larger than any other Volkswagen passenger vehicle sold in the US. That's a good start. However, the company hopes to turn things around both in consumer confidence and sales with the unveiling of their new Atlas SUV.
Volkswagen has revealed that the Atlas will feature standard LED headlights and running lights, and will be available with LED taillights.
Volkswagen's attempt to win back confidence among United States auto buyers following the financially crippling emission manipulation dieselgate scandal has begun with the introduction its newest and largest SUV to date, the all-new Atlas.
To differentiate the two mid-size SUVs, Volkswagen is expected to push the Touareg upmarket by rebranding the SUV, with its strong Porsche DNA (Porsche is part of the VW Group), as a performance-oriented model.
Volkswagen says the Atlas is big enough to carry seven adults plus their luggage. The third row can be easily reached by an innovative folding seat solution. Available side window sunshades are ideal for helping to keep sunlight out of a child's face, particularly infants riding in reverse-facing safety seats.
Under the Hood As standard equipment, the 2018 VW Atlas will have a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 238 horsepower. The engines will have the 8-speed automatic transmission.
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The Atlas can be had either as front-wheel-drive or with 4Motion all-wheel-drive in combination with the VR6 engine.
"Even though it is coming late to the party, we think we've got a high-quality vehicle that will play well against the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Jeep Cherokee", Brown said Monday. Helping achieve this goal, the driver can select Comfort, Normal, Sport, and Custom driving modes, depending on how the SUV is equipped.
Safety features are numerous: adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitor with rear traffic alert, lane departure warning, park assist and - a first for this segment - automatic post-collision braking. In addition, the optional Active Info Display (called the "Volkswagen Digital Cockpit" in the USA) allows drivers extensive options for configuring the display. The owner can minimize the gauges and maximize the information displayed between them, including the navigation map and route ahead.
The car's infotainment can be specified with Volkswagen Car-Net, which brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, while an optional Fender Premium audio system, complete with 12 speakers and a 480-watt amplifier, is claimed to be the most advanced ever fitted to a Volkswagen. A Parking Steering Assistant system is also available for the Atlas, autonomously steering the SUV into a parking space while the driver operates the pedals and the transmission.
In the mean time, here's a closer look at the new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas.