The 2018 Atlas is Volkswagen’s biggest vehicle to date. With seating for seven and an easily accessible third-row, the Atlas offers families more than enough space for all their stuff. Volkswagen has also made sure to include the latest and greatest in entertainment and technology in the new SUV, including selectable driving modes, an 8” touchscreen display, and tons of safety features.
2018 Volkswagen Atlas
There are a lot of reasons why families should consider an Atlas for their next vehicle. The first of these is space. The Atlas sits at 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide and 69.9 inches high and gives owners 96.8 cubic feet of cargo space. A lot of numbers to say… The Atlas has a ton of room!
The second- and third-row seats fold down, even with child-seats installed, making any parent’s life that much easier. Volkswagen’s also designed the interior to be configurable in a way that makes sense for all types of cargo. Hockey equipment, grocery bags, camping supplies… You name it, it’ll fit.
(2018 VW Atlas’s interior)
According to Volkswagen, the Atlas will be offered with two engine options: 2.0-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6. Both will be coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive (AWD) will be an option on the V6.
As far as the 4Motion all-wheel drive is concerned, it’s an intelligent system. In fact, it might be one of the best in the industry. Especially in terms of fuel savings. 4Motion keeps the vehicle in front-wheel-drive mode until you absolutely need AWD. Then when it’s time, the clutch brings the rear axles into action and activates it. The same system is also found in the 2017 Golf and has helped earn the hatchback major points in terms of fuel efficiency.
The 2018 Atlas will feature Volkswagen’s newest 12.3″ Active Information Display which showcases everything you need to know – i.e. fuel consumption, speed, and navigation – in a digital format directly in front of you. Volkswagen has also included four Selectable Driving Modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, and Custom – that adjusts the way the Atlas handles depending on where you’re driving.
In terms of safety and driver-assist technology, it’s fully loaded. Included in this list are Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Monitoring, the last of which lets you know if a vehicle’s snuck into your blind spot.
The VW lineup has been noticeably lacking a roomy SUV until now. Designed with larger families in mind, the Atlas gives buyers lots of space without sacrificing that classic VW feel. The 2018 Atlas will start at $37,485, an affordable price tag for an SUV in the mid-sized segment. VW has also promised the mid-sized SUV will come in five trims and a plethora of accessories.
With space for seven, available AWD and loads of tech and safety features, there’s no doubt this SUV will dominate the mid-sized segment when it’s released later this summer.
Norden Volkswagen is currently offering pre-orders for the 2018 Atlas. For more information, visit their website or contact the Norden VW team directly at 877-611-8762!