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Introducing the All-New 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

March 15, 2017

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size SUV was designed specifically for the American market and is built at the OEM's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. Photo: Volkswagen
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas mid-size SUV was designed specifically for the American market and is built at the OEM's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. Photo: Volkswagen

For work life or family life, the all-new 7-passenger Volkswagen Atlas is roomy enough for your clients, colleagues, family, and friends.

The third row seats feature ample leg room, seating adults comfortably. Photo: Volkswagen
The third row seats feature ample leg room, seating adults comfortably. Photo: Volkswagen

Featuring 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the second and third row seats folded down, the Atlas can as equally and easily haul what you need to get work done as well as your personal belongings after work. So feel free to load it up.

The Volkswagen Atlas features and impressive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third row seats are folded down. Photo: Volkswagen
The Volkswagen Atlas features and impressive 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space when the second and third row seats are folded down. Photo: Volkswagen

The Atlas is built on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, a flexible vehicle architecture that allows for standardization, streamlining development and production, and will measure 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 69.6 inches high.

With a starting MSRP of around $30,000, the Atlas' primary competitors are the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Toyota Highlander.

The 2018 Atlas will be offered in five trim grades. Fleets will have a choice of two engines, including the standard 2.0L turbocharged, direct-injection TSI four-cylinder that produces 238 hp, or the optional 3.6L VR6 six-cylinder that produces 280 hp.

An 8-speed automatic transmission will deliver power to a standard front-wheel drivetrain or optional 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also equipped with a variety of driver assistance features, including blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert. Photo: Volkswagen 
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is also equipped with a variety of driver assistance features, including blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert. Photo: Volkswagen

Also, nine available driver assistance features can come with you on every business road trip, to every family gathering, or out for a night on the town. Among these features, the Atlas will offer available blind spot monitoring with rear traffic alert, pre-collision braking, lane assist with active steering functionality, along with adaptive cruise control, and park assist.

Flexibility isn’t just confined to the amount of cargo room, choice of engines, or available driver assistance features, the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit in the Atlas allows the driver to reconfigure how he or she wants to see information displayed on the instrument cluster. For instance, the driver could display vehicle speed or to help navigate to an important meeting or client appointment, the driver could have the map displayed in the cluster. No matter the choice, it gives a wide range of options, while having a cutting-edge modern look.

Designed for America and built in America at Volkswagen Chattanooga, Tenn., the competitively priced 2018 Atlas will be available in June 2017.

To learn more about the Volkswagen Atlas, click here.

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