Volkswagen Atlas

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Volkswagen Atlas
VW Atlas SE IMG 0742.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerVolkswagen
Also calledVolkswagen Teramont (China, Middle East, Russia, Mexico)
Production2017–present
Model years2018–present
Assembly
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size SUV[1]
Small SUV 2WD (FWD, EPA)
Standard SUV 4WD (AWD, EPA)
Body style5-door SUV
LayoutFF layout / F4 layout (4motion)
PlatformMQB
Powertrain
Engine2.0 L turbo I4
3.6 L VR6
Transmission8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase117.3 inches (2,979 mm)[2]
Length198.3 inches (5,037 mm)[3]
Width78.3 inches (1,989 mm)[3]
Height70.0 inches (1,778 mm)[3]
Chronology
PredecessorVolkswagen Routan[4]
Volkswagen Touareg (North America)
Rear
R-Line

The Volkswagen Atlas is a mid size[5][6] sport utility vehicle (SUV) manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen at its Chattanooga plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States. The Atlas is the largest vehicle produced on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, and features a transverse mounted inline-four or Volkswagen's narrow angle VR6.[3][7]

The Atlas is marketed as the Volkswagen Teramont in the Middle East[8], China, Mexico[9], and Russia[10], where production in Ningbo, China, began in 2017.[11] In China, the VW Teramont is available with a turbocharged 2.5L VR6 and DSG transmission.

History[edit]

The Volkswagen CrossBlue previewed the Atlas/Teramont as a concept diesel plug-in-hybrid mid-size crossover SUV in September 2013. The Atlas was introduced at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles on November 17, 2016.[12] It went on sale in the United States and Canada in May 2017 as a model for 2018, with pricing starting at US$30,500.[13]

Details[edit]

Features included in the Atlas are the VW Digital Cockpit, an available 96.8 cubic feet (2.74 m3) of rear cargo space, seventeen total cup holders, a second row bench seat with room for three child safety seats, a third row seating area that can be accessed with child safety seats still in place, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity with Volkswagen CarNet and MirrorLink, seven total stability enhancing systems, and available Volkswagen 4Motion four wheel drive system with on most models.[14]

Engines[edit]

The Atlas has two gasoline engine options in the United States:[15]

  • 2.0L turbocharged four cylinder (I4), gasoline, 235 horsepower (175 kW), 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) of torque
  • 3.6L six cylinder (VR6), gasoline, 276 horsepower (206 kW), 266 lb⋅ft (361 N⋅m) of torque

Safety[edit]

The 2018 Atlas received the IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating after earning "Good" ratings in all five crashworthiness tests and a "Superior" rating on the front crash prevention test.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 VW Atlas - midsize family SUV". Volkswagen America, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Volkswagen Atlas Features and Specs". Caranddriver.com.
  3. ^ a b c d "2018 Volkswagen Atlas Photos and Info – News – Car and Driver". Caranddriver.com. 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  4. ^ "VW axes Routan van, mulls 7-passenger SUV replacement". USA Today. 2013-09-23. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  5. ^ "2018 VW Atlas - midsize family SUV". Volkswagen America, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  6. ^ Zhang, Benjamin. "We drove a $42,000 Toyota Highlander and a $40,000 Volkswagen Atlas to see which was the better family SUV — here's the verdict". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  7. ^ Tahaney, Ed (2016-10-27). "2018 Volkswagen Atlas First Look | Automobile Magazine". Automobilemag.com. Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  8. ^ "The all-new Teramont". volkswagen-me.info. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Nuevo Teramont - SUV sobresaliente". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Volkswagen Teramount Russia". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ Volkswagen Teramont SUV For China is Similar to Atlas SUV. Accessed November 1, 2016.
  12. ^ "Volkswagen Gives Its SUV a Name Americans Can Pronounce" from Bloomberg News (November 17, 2016)
  13. ^ "VW Atlas base price will start near $30,000" from Autoblog (March 7, 2017)
  14. ^ "2018 VW Atlas - midsize family SUV - Volkswagen". www.vw.com.
  15. ^ "2018 VW Atlas - midsize family SUV". Volkswagen America, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  16. ^ "New Volkswagen SUV earns 2017 Top Safety Pick award". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, a new midsize SUV, earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award.

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