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Volkswagen took the wraps off of a freshened 2021 version of its “plus-size” three-row midsize SUV at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show. The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas gets updated styling, new driver assistance features, and the availability of 4Motion all-wheel drive on both V6 and 4-cylinder models.
Volkswagen provided a preview of the forthcoming five-seater version of its Atlas midsize SUV when it unveiled the Atlas Cross Sport Concept at the 2018 New York Auto Show. VW calls the Atlas Cross Sport a “near-production” concept, and says the production version is scheduled to be launch in the U.S. market starting in 2019.
At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced the Atlas Tanoak Concept, a unibody-pickup concept vehicle that, were it to be offered as a production model, would slot nicely into the hot North American midsize truck segment.
The Atlas Tanoak Concept (Tanoak is a variety of oak tree common in coastal California) is designed around VW’s MQB modular architecture, which accommodates a range of vehicles, including the Golf compact car and Atlas midsize crossover.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles driven: 541
Fuel used: 28.4 gallons
Over the past few years, the compact and midsize crossover SUV segments have grown hotter than ever, but Volkswagen’s two entries in those categories have fallen a bit behind the pack as they’ve aged. While it’s a perfectly capable and pleasant compact SUV, the current VW Tiguan is seriously long in the tooth—it has soldiered on for a full nine seasons with no major changes to its 2009-model-year platform. Likewise, the current Touareg—VW’s pricey, luxuriously trimmed midsize SUV contender—dates back to 2011, and hasn’t seen any significant architectural updates since.