After Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal, potential car buyers may be a bit wary of their diesel powered models. But VW thinks the Russian market is a viable option for their small 2-liter diesel Atlas SUV.
Starting at the end of next year, Volkswagen will be exporting the Atlas from their production plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Russia. When asked of its availability, an executive told Automotive News Europe that the 2-liter diesel Atlas is “unlikely” to be sold in Western Europe. At the 2016 LA Auto Show, VW brand's sales and marketing boss, Juergen Stackmann, was quoted saying: "Russia is one of the markets we're considering."
The Atlas is VW’s largest ever SUV with an overall length greater than 5,000 mm (196,85 in). We don’t know the exact power specifications of the small diesel engine, but it could be offered in different tunes for varying power output levels.
On the other hand, the large seven seater will be offered with a 238 HP 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 280 HP 3.6-liter six-cylinder petrol engine in the U.S. Even the slightly modified variant destined for the Chinese market is limited to a 186 HP and 220 HP 2.0-liter petrol engine and a 2.5-liter V6.
For those of you stateside, the Atlas should launch in the spring on 2017.