Volkswagen has recently unveiled their 2018 Atlas SUV in Santa Monica, California, ahead of the model’s 2017 spring launch.
As a 3-Row SUV that’s set to go into production at the manufacturer’s Chattanooga factory in Tennessee, the Atlas will be the largest vehicle VW has ever built in the U.S and its large body will help it compete with other large crossovers on the market. Compared to Skoda’s new Kodiaq, the Atlas is 340mm longer and 100mm wider with a length of 5,037mm and width of 1,979mm.
For size comparison, AutoGuide has put together a size chart of the Atlas and its main competitors.
Those of you outside of the U.S may not see the Atlas for a long while as it’s slated to go on sale in the states only for now. Chairman of Volkswagen America Hinrich J. Woebcken told Auto Express that the Atlas will be sold at a later date in the Middle East and Russia, but Western Europe is out of luck.
Once the ordering books are open, buyers can choose from two powertrains. A 2.0 litre direct-injection TSI turbo petrol engine that can crank out 234bhp (238 horsepower) will be available alongside a 3.6 litre naturally aspirated V6 which is rated for 275bhp or 280 ponies. Both will be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox in either Front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations.
Prices, fuel economy, and performance figures have not been released yet, but VW should release them once we’re closer to the Atlas’ release date.