2019 VW Atlas will be something new in the dealerships. The Volkswagen Atlas is often a full-size sports utility vehicle (SUV) to get manufactured by German automaker. For the past few years Volkswagen has tried to design its models more specifically for what it feels like buyers in the United States want. After struggling in the SUV segment with the two-row and quite pricey Touareg, Volkswagen finally revealed the competitive three-row Atlas. Volkswagen’s U.S. division feels that buyers here want bigger models. With this model still being brand new, we don’t expect any big changes when the 2019 Atlas rolls in.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Exterior and Interior Design
The Atlas is built alongside the Passat in Chattanooga, and it kind of feels like a big crossoverized Passat. The Atlas is big outside and strong. We’re not surprised at Volkswagen’s packaging acumen, given that the Atlas derives its bones from VW’s MQB platform that is used in many VW and Audi products. With its massive grille, T-square design and flared wheel arches, the Atlas is not shy about emphasizing its size. Atlas is making a declaration of eye-catching automobile, while the Atlas’s macho countenance and muscular stance ensure that the SUV bears absolutely no resemblance to a minivan. A slightly different lower bumper might find its way into the design, but you’d likely have to see both side-by-side to spot the differences. High class, LED taillights will wrap around the fenders, stopping just before the tailgate in keeping with that traditional pickup look.
Go for the basic Atlas and it’s predictably spartan. The Atlas is spacious with packaging that allows three rows of seats, enough to fit seven people inside fairly easily. The Atlas’ cabin is a typical VW design with straightforward controls. But keep ticking options boxes and you’ll wind up with Digital Cockpit, the segment’s first LCD instrument cluster. All models except for the entry-level S get an 8.0 inch touchscreen infotainment system; S buyers must make do with a 6.5 inch unit. Volkswagen’s digital gauge cluster will make the jump, as will its Car-Net infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Atlas is available with a number of advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Release Date and Price
At this point, there is no official information regarding the release date, as it is still fairly early in the process. Don’t think of the Atlas as the replacement for the Touareg. But the Touareg starts right where the Atlas ends. Pricing ranges from $35,690 to $52,540, with captain’s chairs a stand-alone option on the top two trims.
2019 Volkswagen Atlas Engine Specs and Performance
The 2019 Volkswagen Atlas SUV is available with one of two engines. We also expect no changes under the 2019 Atlas’ hood, so look for it to come standard with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that produces 235 horsepower and 258 pound feet of torque. But most Atlases will instead use the brand’s smooth but thirsty 3.6 liter V6, an evolution of the VR6 line that dates back to when each VW division had its own engines. The system buddies to an 8 speed automated transmission with a manual shift mode and may end up being optioned with the actual 4Motion method. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all wheel drive is also available for 2019 Volkswagen Atlas.