New to the Atlas is the Car-Net telematics system, which 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

New to the Atlas is the Car-Net telematics system, which 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 2021 Volkswagen midsize SUV will start at an MSRP of $31,545, and will be available with two power trains, a 276-hp V6 and a 235-hp four-cylinder turbocharged engine, with an available 2.0T and 4Motion pairing new for 2021.

The Atlas starts with the S model, and the FWD model is available at the starting MSRP, while the Atlas S with 4Motion starts at $33,445, said VW. Building from the S, the SE model starts at $34,895 for the FWD and $36,795 for the SE 4Motion.

Building off this, the SE with Technology models are available with either the four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6. Prices start at $36,895 for the four-cylinder FWD, and $38,295 for the V6. 4Motion is available on both engine options and adds $1,900. Standard features on these models include: 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; Easy Open rear liftgate; remote start; and 115-volt power outlet in the second row.

Further still, the SE with Technology R-Line models build on the previous trim with additional R-Line content for V6 models. MSRP starts at $39,695 for the V6 FWD, and $41,595 for the 4Motion.

Meanwhile, SEL models are available with three powertrain options—four-cylinder AWD, V6 FWD, and V6 AWD—and build on the features of SE with Technology models. Prices start at $42,395 for the four-cylinder 4Motion, $42,295 for the V6 FWD and $44,195 for the V6 4Motion. Building off this, the SEL R-Line models build on the V6 models, adding R-Line content. MSRP starts at $43,995 for the V6 FWD and $45,895 for the 4Motion V6 model.

Building off the SEL trim, the Atlas SEL Premium is only available with 4Motion on the four-cylinder and V6 models. MSRP starts at $47,195 for the four-cylinder model and is $48,995 for the V6 model, said VW. And the SEL Premium R-Line models build on the previous trim with additional R-Line content for the V6 model. MSRP starts at $50,695 for the V6 4Motion.

The Atlas features advanced connectivity and driver-assistance features that are new to the seven-seater. This includes an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system on all models but the base S trim. Meanwhile, all trims come standard with the next generation Car-Net telematics system and have in-car Wi-Fi capability when subscribed to a data plan. Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert are standard on all models.

All models include a destination flee of $1,020.

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