Volkswagen Atlas – The Big SUV

2017 VW Atlas India

Volkswagen Atlas 7-seater SUV has been unveiled for the United States market. It is the largest VW currently in production and will compete with likes of the Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango. The car was earlier spotted in china, where it sells under the Teramont name.

Here are more details of the car:

Volkswagen Atlas exterior and interior

The new Atlas comes with a no nonsense design, and is boxy in appearance. While it may not be as exciting as the new Skoda Kodiaq which is also based on the MQB platform, the car’s sheer presence cannot be neglected. It dwarfs the more expensive Touareg in dimension- measuring 5,037mm in length, 1,979mm in width and 1,768mm in height.

The Atlas’s imposing front fascia consists of large rectangular headlamp and foglamp, signature VW flat grille, LED DRLs and a large air dam. The sides get a single character line and its roof slightly slants on to the intimidating rear.

New Volkswagen Atlas display

VW Atlas Cabin

The car’s cabin sees no change from the leaked spy images and is as Volkswagen as can be. It looks premium and gets large touchscreen infotainment system, optional digital display behind the multi-function steering wheel and large air-con vents, in tune with overall proportion of the car. Ample space is also available inside and Volkswagen promises comfortable seating for 7 people.

Some of the features of the car include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and segment first post-collision braking system (that prevents secondary impact after collision).

Volkswagen Atlas engine, MPG and transmission

Powering the VW Atlas is a 238PS 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine (not available initially) and a 3.6-litre VR6 mill that is good for 280PS. Fresh out of the diesel gate, no diesel variant are made available for this model in USA.

Its engines are mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox sending power to the rear wheels. Optional 4Motion all-wheel drive is provided on the V6 variant.

VW Atlas MPG (FWD) City 18
Highway 25
Combined 20
VW Atlas MPG (AWD) City 17
Highway 23
Combined 19

2017 Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas Price, Trims & Release USA

Here are the 9 VW Atlas trims and their prices.

VW Atlas trim Price
Launch Edition $33,500
Launch Edition with 4MOTION® $35,300
SE $34,990
SE with 4MOTION® $36,790
SE with Technology $37,090
SE with Tech. and 4MOTION $38,890
SEL $40,890
SEL with 4MOTION $42,690
SEL Premium with 4MOTION $48,490


Release date: May 2017

Volkswagen Atlas launch and price in India

The VW Atlas is primarily intended for United States market and there are no hints from the manufacturer’s part on launch of the carin India. That said, it has everything in its arsenal to be a fitting competition for the Toyota Fortuner (2017 variant incoming) except for a diesel motor. This can however be easily rectified by equipping the car with their staple 2.0-litre TDI unit, that will also be seen on the upcoming Passat.

The Atlas’s large proportions, ample space and people carrying capacity is sure to go well with potential Indian customers on launch.

Expected price- Rs. 29 lakhs

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