The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Is VW’s Crossover Salvation In America

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The aptly named Volkswagen Atlas is here, and it’s the seven-seater SUV that we’ve been expecting, right down to the engine options (no diesels).

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You can have the Atlas with either the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine or the 3.6-liter VR6 engine. Both come equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel-drive is standard. You can option out the VR6 version with all-wheel-drive, also, if snowy parking lots loom in your future.

The SUV is also chock full o’driver assistance tech like:

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane; and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

Though Volkswagen hasn’t yet announced pricing on the Atlas, it adamantly repeats that the car will be affordable and competitively priced. No surprises there: given all the diesel-scandal and settlement issues as of late, Volkswagen needs this SUV to do well here in the U.S.

The Atlas will launch in the spring. Expect to hear a price around then.

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Illustration for article titled The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Is VW’s Crossover Salvation In America
Illustration for article titled The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Is VW’s Crossover Salvation In America
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DISCUSSION

Stang70Fastback
Stang70Fastback

Jeez. So much hate in the comments. Am I the only one who thinks this looks good? It’s crisp, and grown-up looking. Does a good job of looking distinctly Volkswagen while also not looking like they just over-inflated a Passat.