The Atlas’ Car-Net telematics system includes an updated mobile app, a long list of no-charge services for five years, and a variety of subscription options, including Wi-Fi. - Photo by Andy Lundin

The Atlas’ Car-Net telematics system includes an updated mobile app, a long list of no-charge services for five years, and a variety of subscription options, including Wi-Fi.

Photo by Andy Lundin

The Volkswagen Atlas was refreshed for the 2021 model year to include a new suite of technological updates, including a new telematics system.

The Atlas’ Car-Net telematics system includes an updated mobile app, a long list of no-charge services for five years, and a variety of subscription options, including Wi-Fi, according to the automaker. Car-Net Hotspot allows passengers to access the internet with up to four connected devices simultaneously at 4G LTE-enabled speed.

Additional upgrades include a new steering wheel and an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system on all models but the base S trim. Available features also include a new audio system, ambient lighting, updated climate control tech, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, wireless charging, and remote start

Also available are a suit of driver-assistance technologies, which includes forward collision warning and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert as standard. Other available safety features are adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go tech, lane keeping system, park distance control, and more.

The Atlas will be available with two powertrains: a 276-horsepower V6 and a 235-hp four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI engine. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and are available with Volkswagen’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system. The 2.0T and 4Motion pairing is new for 2020, as is the availability of the four-cylinder engine on top trimlines. V6 models can tow up to 5,000 pounds, when equipped with the V6 Towing Package.

The refreshed Atlas is also nearly three inches longer and includes new headlight and taillight designs that include standard LED lighting.

More details and pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in the Spring of 2020.

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