Volkswagen is introducing a new Siebensitzer large SUVS for the American market. The VW Atlas offers above all plenty of space. With a length of 5.04 meters, a width of 1.98 meters and a height of 1.77 metres, he is larger than any other US-Volkswagen. The Atlas is considered midsize SUV in the United States however, and VW classifies him between the Tiguan and the Touareg, which are also available in the United States. The Atlas as the Tiguan is based on the modular transverse box (MQB).
The optics of the novice offers no surprises for Europeans, it is similar to the new Tiguan for Americans like the design but have news value, because the old model is sold in the United States. The new Tiguan come 2017 in the United States according to industry rumours on the market, but only in a 4.70-meter XL version with an extended wheelbase.
The Atlas accommodates seven adults and their luggage. The third row should be easily accessible through innovative folding seats. Optionally there is the familiar active info display (called in United States "Volkswagen Digital Cockpit"). In addition, car and MirrorLink is offered a variety of online services, as well as an integration of the Smartphones through Apple CarPlay, Android. The fender audio system with 12 speakers and a 480-Watt amplifier is available for the new Atlas model. The available assistance systems include multi collision brake, Abstandstempomat, anti collision system, dead angle detector with low Assistant, Lane, as well as parking Assistant. The light signature is characterized of LED headlamps, LED daytime running lights and optional LED tail lights.
The Tiguan is offered United States only with a 2.0 TSI 200 HP, the Touareg Gets a 280 HP strong six-cylinder. According to its position, the Atlas receives either a four or six-cylinder engine. In addition to a 2.0 TSI with 238 PS is the 3.6 liter VR6 with 280 HP from the Touareg to the election. Both transmit the power via an eight-speed automatic. The Atlas can be configured either with front wheel or all-wheel drive in conjunction with the VR6 engine. The 4Motion-System features a driving mode selection for different driving conditions. The Atlas is being built next to the Passat for North America at the plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Price VW announced anything yet, but price is expected the Atlas between the Tiguan and Touareg, i.e. in a wide range of 24,995 $49.495. From end of 2017, the large SUV in Russia and the Middle East will be offered.
Since early 2013 VW explores the mood in the United States for a big SUV and introduced since then three relevant studies. Include the CrossBlue of the Detroit Motor Show 2013 (a seven-seater of the five-meter class MQB-based), the CrossBlue Coupé of the auto Shanghai 2013 (a 4.90-metre, five-seat Coupé SUV, also on an MQB-based) and the cross Coupé of the Detroit Motor Show 2015 (a five-seat Coupé SUV with 4.85 meters in length). With the Atlas VW has decided clearly for a further development of the CrossBlue that is, for the eckigste and most spacious solution. As far as the drive, remains quite conventional VW series model. The studies were still all powered by plug-in hybrid systems, in the case of the CrossBlue even with diesel as Nitro. (sl)