The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV arrives this year, followed by a redesigned compact Tiguan sport/utility, so it follows that a b-segment, subcompact crossover is not far off for the brand. Volkswagen of America is now looking into entering the segment just invaded at the auto show here by the launch of new Toyota CH-R, and led by the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V.
Like the Crossblue concept, the VW Atlas is based on the flexible MQB platform found in the smaller Golf and other models from the Volkswagen Group. The Atlas SUV features the largest version of the platform and it’s aimed at the value-oriented family crowd. Competitors include Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander not to mention minivans.
Some minivans may actually be more stylish than the Atlas. Its boxy shape definitely communicates the fact that this is an SUV, ties the Atlas to other Volkswagen models, but it does not offer much pizzazz. At least it’ll look distinctive at night, thanks to the standard LED headlights. LED daytime running lights are also standard, with LED taillights optional.
The VW Atlas measures 198.3 inches in length, 69.6 in height and 77.9 in width. This makes it the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet. Inside, there is a big and airy cabin which features a design nearly identical to the CrossBlue concept, with big knobs, and a large touchscreen infotainment sys, and wood trim.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Performance:
Volkswagen will offer two engine options at launch: a 238-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, and a 280-hp VR6 (basically a V6, but more compact). Both the engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard, along with all-wheel drive available on VR6 models.
Infotainment will be available with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV Price:
Official pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV is expected to be released this fall. It’s expected to start below $40,000 and span to almost $50,000.