Volkswagen unveiled its new 2017 Atlas crossover that combines three rows of seating for seven and sporty driving dynamics. The Atlas is the first VW with 3-rows of seating since the Routan minivan was relegated to fleet duty after the 2012 model year.
VW’s new styling language debuts on the Atlas, too, but I can’t say that I’m a fan. It has muscular lines and a bold in-your-face front end, but it lacks the styling panache of the Mazda CX-9.
Expect the usual VW power train options to propel the Atlas, like the 2.0-liter TSI four-cylinder and 3.6-liter VR6 engine. Power is sent to the front wheels while 4Motion all-wheel drive is optional with the VR6. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Atlas models.
Inside, the Atlas features a premium interior with an available customizable LCD gauge cluster dubbed the Digital Cockpit. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support is standard fare while a Fender premium audio sound system will be available.
Plenty of driver assist technologies are available on the VW Atlas, including, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. The Atlas will be able to parallel and perpendicular park itself when optioned with parking assist technology, too.
LED headlights and daytime running lights are standard, but you’ll have to pony up more money for matching taillights.
VW hasn’t divulged pricing yet, but plans to start selling the Atlas next spring.