Volkswagen Atlas is a big seven-seater SUV, created exclusively for the American market. It is the production version of the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept, unveiled at the Detroit show in 2013. It will be manufactured in the facilities of Volkswagen in Chattanooga (Tennessee, USA) and also locally for the Chinese market. It is built on the platform of the Volkswagen Group MQB modular and is not clear it will reach the European market, where its hollow occupies it the Volkswagen Touareg.
The Volkswagen Atlas will use the MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group, with four- and six-cylinder engines.
It has a great responsibility, and is regaining the U.S. for Volkswagen, after the setback suffered by the scandal of emissions in 2015, and the cessation of sales of vehicles equipped with diesel engine. Although it was thought that his name would be Teramont, finally Volkswagen has decided to use Volkswagen Atlas, a name that kept with zeal for years and which was not discovered until now, when the production car is about to reach the streets of North America.
What should we expect from Volkswagen Atlas?
It has a length of 5.04 meters, 1.99 meters wide and 1.77 meters high, with a battle of 2.980 mm. They are virtually identical to the new Audi Q7 dimensions, although the Volkswagen will have a greater use of the interior space and a generalist position. Expected a trunk of biblical proportions – about 1,000 liters of capacity with five squares in position – seven real seats seven adult and interior versatility.
This Volkswagen share elements with the future Skoda Kodiaq or SEAT Ateca. A plug-in hybrid version will be sold, and will be sold with both front-wheel drive and 4Motion all-wheel drive. In addition to a V6 engine – perhaps in American or Asian version – possibly offered a Engine 2.0 TSI access, as well as propellers 2.0 TDI in some markets. His main rivals will be the Chevrolet Traverse, the Grand Santa Fe Hyundai or KIA Sorento, all of them with a 7-seater option.
Volkswagen Atlas is, ultimately, a type of genuinely American car and very difficult to lace on the old continent, where cars of this size only understand the format more premium (Audi Q7, Volvo XC90). The segment of the 7 seats for adults in Europe represents the maximum expression of luxury and design, but does not respond to the same concept of the size by the size if given in the United States.
The fact that Volkswagen has chosen for its MQB platform, the same as the Volkswagen Golf or the SEAT León, carried gives us an idea of what up to point the Atlas will be price-oriented and shows signs of extreme cost savings which has undergone its d Esign. It also gives us an idea of the enormous versatility of this platform, capable of stretching to more than 5 meters in length.
Instead, his cousin within the Volkswagen Group the Audi Q7 is built on the MLB platform, a more expensive platform for large vehicles as the Porsche Panamera or the next Cayenne and Touareg.