Volkswagen has seen better days after its emissions scandal coupled with the fact their current SUV models, the Tuareg and Tiguan are some of the worst sellers in their category. However, the company hopes to turn things around both in consumer confidence and sales with the unveiling of their new Atlas SUV.
The new model is more than a shift in the name, from awkward etymological names to something with more significance, Atlas, as it tries to carry forward the ailing brand. Another major point of departure is that the Atlas SUV will be the company’s first seven-seater with three rows of seats. The company has even stated that they managed to avoid the cumbersome entry on the third row through an innovation in how the seats fold.
The mid-range Atlas SUV is designed with the American preferences in mind as it will be the only region where you can buy this exact model. A variation called Terramont will be available in China. The overall design is partially inspired by the CrossBlue concept revealed in 2013. It features a grille with two bars, standard LED headlights, and a long, sculpted hood. At the rear, you can find sharp looking tail lamps with LED graphics, a hinged tailgate and tailpipes integrated into the lower part of the bumper.
The Atlas SUV will be available with two versions. One will have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder TSI capable of delivering 175kW, while the other version will include a 3.6-litre six-cylinder V6 that deliver 280kW. Both versions will include an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, the four-cylinder version will have a front-wheel drive while the V6 can include Volkswagen’s four-wheel drive 4Motion system. This feature offers different drive modes in order to boost performance and the car’s traction when off-road.
The dashboard and control panels are similar to other Volkswagen models in the same range. It includes a touchscreen infotainment system placed in the center console. Customers can opt for a digital screen behind the steering wheel which is highly customizable to fit the driver’s preferences. The Atlas will also include a variety of driver assistance programs like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, park assist technology, and more. Volkswagen claims the Atlas SUV is the only car in its class to include an automatic post-collision braking system to prevent further impacts by keeping the brakes applied. Volkswagen
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