The German based Volkswagen Group couldn’t wait for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, opening its gates on the 17th of November, and has already officially unveiled the long-expected 2018 Atlas, the seven-seater SUV that everybody has been expected.
The model is out in the United States and will be built exclusively for this market, at least for the time being.
It will be produced at the company`s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will sit on the carmaker`s new MQB platform. Speaking about the car`s design and size, Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North American Region, has stated in an official press release:
“This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever built in the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we’re known for, now with room for seven. The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen to enter into the heart of the American market.”
This means that the SUV will be bigger enough to accommodate seven passengers, measuring 5,037 mm long, 1,979 mm wide and 1,767 mm high, which makes it the largest SUV in the United States. Besides the evolutionary design and advanced lighting technology, the interior of the 2018 Atlas SUV is big enough to comprise the latest technology and high-end materials.
Besides the seven-seat arrangement, the cabin also tweaks the latest gadgetry, including the company`s Car-Net infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink Fender premium audio system with 12 speakers and 480-watt amplifier.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas SUV is also equipped with the plethora of safety features – Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking or Blind Spot Monitor.
As for the engine lineup, the gorgeous SUV features two main engines, the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, with 238 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as a much more potent 3.6-liter six-cylinder mill, with 280 horsepower and the same eight-speed gearbox.