Los Angeles Auto Show 2016: Volkswagen Unveils Massive Atlas SUV

Volkswagen’s new 7-seater will be sold only in the American market but could later make its way to the Chinese market.

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German carmaker Volkswagen's all new 7-seater Atlas SUV for the American market has made its global debut on the showfloor of the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new VW Atlas is the German camaker's largest vehicle in the United States and is 121mm longer, 38mm wider, and 35mm taller than the Touareg, VW's current largest SUV.

The Atlas measures in at 4,922mm long, 1,979mm wide, and 1,767mm high.

The new Atlas is available with two petrol engines - a four-cylinder and a VR6. The four cylinder 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine produces 238bhp while the larger VR6 kicks out 280bhp.

Both engines are mated to 8-speed automatic gearboxes which sends the power to either the front wheels (four cylinder engine) or to all four wheels(VR6).

Design wise, the new Atlas features a muscular design unlike that found on any Volkswagen currently on sale around the world.

Up front there are squared-off headlamps with daytime running lights flanking a thick grille.

The sides of the new Atlas features pumped up wheel arches while at the rear the LED tail lamps look quite sharp.

Inside, owners can switch the traditional instrument cluster for a 12.9-inch display similar to the ones found on Audi cars while the infotainment system can be specced up with Volkswagen Car-Net, which brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link connectivity.

An optional Fender audio system, complete with 12 speakers and a 480-watt amplifier is also available as an option and is claimed to be the most advanced system ever fitted to a Volkswagen.

The new Atlas is loaded with safety tech including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot monitoring with a rear traffic alert system, lane departure warning along with park assist technology.

The Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale in the United States in 2017 and will be built in VW's American manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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