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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.
LOS ANGELES—Though it was officially unveiled at the end of October, Volkswagen’s all-new midsize SUV just made its U.S. auto-show debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row, seven-passenger crossover that aims to put VW back in the heart of the midsize SUV market.
Much like the famous statue of Atlas holding Earth, the Ford F-150 carries the weight of being the brand’s (and America’s) best-selling vehicle. A new F-150, therefore, is a big deal, and Ford gave fans a sneak preview of the next generation with the Atlas Concept.