2018 Volkswagen Atlas Makes Splash in SUV Market

The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas delivers advanced technology, a roomy interior, impressive performance and top-tier safety features.

“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,” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO for Volkswagen North America.

Under the Hood

There are two available engines for the 2018 Atlas, a four-cylinder TSI® turbo or VR6. Both platforms are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 4Motion with active control all-wheel-drive system on is optional on six-cylinder models.

The four-cylinder churns out 235 horsepower with 258 pound-feet of torque, while the six-cylinder delivers 276 horsepower with 266 pound-feet of torque.

Comfort and Convenience

Drivers can opt for Volkswagen’s digital cockpit, which offers a large digital speedometer and tachometer. Drivers may also use steering wheel-mounted controls to shrink the gauges for easy display of the navigation map and other features.

The vehicle’s infotainment system syncs seamlessly with smartphones for hands-free voice calls via Bluetooth technology, audio streaming and mobile app integration. The available Car-Net system adds a full set of connected-vehicle services, such as App-Connect technology. The optional sound system is a 12-speaker Fender audio system with a 480-watt amplifier.


Volkswagen’s 2018 Atlas gives drivers more awareness around the vehicle than ever before. Wider camera views complement the Park Assist 3.0 system to help with parallel parking as well as perpendicular parking thanks to more sensors and 360-degree monitoring via Park Distance Control.

The wider camera views are thanks to four cameras mounted around the vehicle, which display a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle thanks to advanced video stitching technology. Drivers can also access each of the cameras individually for more close-in views.

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