2018 Volkswagen Atlas Debut Features and Release Date

The Massive VW Atlas SUV Makes its Debut at Historic Santa Monica Pier

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Debut, Features and Release Date

American automotive consumers, in comparison to other parts of the world, tend to have a preference for larger vehicles. Volkswagen is addressing this demand with the massive 2017 VW Atlas SUV, which just made its debut at the historic Santa Monica Pier. Built in Tennessee, the seven-passenger Atlas offers class-competitive levels of technology and spaciousness combined with hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail. Continue reading to find out about its features and release date.  

Volkswagen Atlas: Largest VW Vehicle Ever Built in America

The new Atlas was engineered from Volkswagen’s award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, and at 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide and 69.6 inches high, it’s the largest Volkswagen vehicle ever built in America. Up front, standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights combine for a unique visual signature, with optional LED taillights to complete the look.

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Interior Features of VW Atlas

The interior of the Atlas offers space for seven adults and their luggage, and the third-row can be easily reached by an innovative folding seat solution. It also features driver-centric displays to enhance the driving experience, while the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit allows drivers to reconfigure how they view vehicle information. On the multimedia front, the Atlas offers the available Volkswagen Car-Net system, with a full suite of connected vehicle services, as well as the available Fender Premium Audio System.

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Volkswagen Atlas Largest VW Vehicle Ever Built in America

VW Atlas Engine Specs

With the Atlas, consumers have a choice of two high-tech powertrains: the 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI four cylinder with 238 horsepower or the available 3.6-liter VR6 engine with 280 horsepower. It comes with an eight-speed transmission to help maximize engine efficiency, and the Atlas can be configured either as front-wheel-drive or with available 4Motion all-wheel-drive in VR6 trims. Also, the Atlas offers many available driver assistance systems, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Parking Steering Assistant.

What is the U.S. release date of the 2018 VW Atlas?

While Volkswagen has not yet announced an official U.S. release date for the 2018 VW Atlas, it’s expected to go on sale sometime in late summer/early fall of 2017. Be sure to check back again on the Capistrano Volkswagen Blog for more information on the VW Atlas and other new and upcoming Volkswagen models.