Volkswagen has unveiled the massive 2018 Atlas crossover, a three-row crossover SUV and has room for 7-passengers, a strong VR6 engine and is available in the all-wheel drive.
The VW Atlas is wrapped in a boxy styling with prominent wheel arches, big lights in the front and the rear and whole lot of masculine lines and creases. The VW Atlas is on the massive side like the American industry would like it.
Hinrich Woebcken, CEO Volkswagen's North America region, said in a statement that the biggest and boldest Volkswagen has ever built for the American market, delivering the distinctive and craftsmanship the company is known for, now it has the room for seven passengers.
The VW Atlas uses the company's MQB platform, the company went all out to create an SUV that would be ashamed off. The VW Atlas offers a 3.6-litre narrow-angle six-cylinder engine which churns out 279bhp.
The Altas comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder that produces 237bhp. Both the engines will be paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive is an option on the six cylinder vehicle, the AWD system can be configured based on the driving conditions.
The third row being the highlight on the VW Atlas, has room for two adults. The seats on this row fold forward on rails, easing the ingress and egress and storage.
Inside the cabin especially for the driver, an optional configurable digital cockpit. Volkswagen's Car-Net suite includes App-connect features that pairs with smartphones with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink technologies.
The entertainment system features the Fender audio which is most sophisticated the company has ever offered.
On the safety front, the VW Atlas is equipped with thelane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and parking assist.
Also seen are the post-collision accident system, which activates the brakes when the airbags are deployed in a bid to lessen the damage.
As for the standard features, the VW Atlas offers LED headlights, and daytime running lights, and optional LED taillamps.
Volkswagen has been embroiled in the diesel gate scandal and the Atlas will hope to tarnish that image as a big vehicle yet better on emission, time will tell if this will pay off for the German auto major.