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      The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, unveiled tonight on the Santa Monica Pier at the end of historic Route 66, launches a new chapter in the company’s American history. Built in Tennessee, the seven-passenger Atlas offers class competitive levels of technology and spaciousness combined with hallmark Volkswagen driving dynamics and attention to detail, all at a price designed to draw customers’ attention in the family SUV segment.

      “This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever builtin the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we’re known for, now with room for seven, ” said Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen. “The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen to enterinto the heart of the American market.”

      Engineered from Volkswagen’s award-winning Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) architecture, the Atlas draws on the latest Volkswagen design DNA to create a bold new look in the SUV segment. At 198.3 inches long, 77.9 inches wide, and 69.6 inches high, Atlas is larger than any other Volkswagen on sale in the U.S., yet it retains classic proportions and clean lines that create a sense of timelessness and precision. Up front, standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights combine for a unique visual signature, with optional LED taillights to complete the look.

      Inside, the Atlas makes maximum use of its dimensions to offer space for seven adults and their luggage. The third row can be easily reached by an innovative folding seat solution, one that works even with child seats installed in the second row. Simple, driver-centric displays enhance the feeling behind the wheel rather than distracting from it; while the available Volkswagen Digital Cockpit allows drivers to reconfigure how they view vehicle information.

      The available Volkswagen Car-Net® system provides a full suite of connected vehicle services, including standard App-Connect technology that offers integration with the three major smartphone platforms—Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and MirrorLink®. The vehicle also features an available Fender® Premium Audio System that is the most sophisticated yet seen in a Volkswagen, with 12 channels, a 480-watt amplifier and 12 speakers.

      The Atlas offers available driver assistance features that had been previously been reserved for premium SUVs, at an affordable level. These include: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC); Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert; Lane Departure Warning (Lane Assist), which actively helps the driver steer the car back into its lane; and Parking Steering Assistant (Park Assist).

      Also, theAtlas is the only vehicle in its class to offer the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. This builds on the premise that a collision is rarely a single, instantaneous action, but rather a series of events that follow the initial impact—the most significant of which can cause additional collisions. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System addresses this by applying the brakes when a primary collision is detected by the airbag sensors, thus helping reduce residual kinetic energy and, in turn, the chance of additional damage.

      The Atlas arrives with a choice of two powertrains: the 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four cylinder with 238 horsepower or the available 3.6-liter VR6 engine with 280 horsepower. Either engine routes power through an eight-speed transmission to help maximize engine efficiency, and the Atlas can be configured either as front wheel-drive or with available 4Motion all-wheel-drive in VR6 trims. The 4Motion system has a Driving Mode Selection feature that allows the driver to select specific parameters based on driving conditions.

      EPA fuel economy estimates will be released ahead of the launch in the Spring of 2017. The Atlas is built alongside the Passat at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant, the result of an additional $900 million investment by Volkswagen in the facility. The Chattanooga plant is the only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.
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      10-27-2016 10:09 PM #2
      *shrug*

      About time.

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      10-27-2016 10:16 PM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by 7.62 View Post
      *shrug*

      About time.
      Not on sale until next spring though. VW has to be the most plodding automaker on the market today.

      This thing isn't bad, but I doubt they'll move more than 40k per year.

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      10-27-2016 10:18 PM #4
      Not bad. Looks like a VW. Standard LED headlights Just hope it actually doesn't come in that yellow.
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      10-27-2016 10:21 PM #5
      From that (really boring) live debut on Facebook, it seems that the third row is pretty spacious.

      It really bothers me that they didn't put the same details on both front and rear doors:


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      10-27-2016 10:21 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by capclassicv2 View Post
      Just hope it actually doesn't come in that yellow.
      It definitely will.
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      10-27-2016 10:23 PM #7
      From VW's homepage, this digital rendering actually looks pretty butch.

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      10-27-2016 10:23 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by capclassicv2 View Post
      From VW's homepage, this digital rendering actually looks pretty butch.

      That does look good. From the photos I'm seeing on twitter, the more neutral/dark the color the better.
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      10-27-2016 10:29 PM #9
      Looks, well, like a Passat/Jetta styled SUV so no surprises there (seems like it'll get dated quickly, IMO).

      Surprised they went so big. 198" is almost full Pathfinder and bigger than Highlander, Pilot, Explorer. VW also needs to fill the space below that. There's room for something between this and Tig, and Touareg isn't the same idea.

      Name is still good.

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      10-27-2016 10:31 PM #10
      "I chose this because I needed an SUV, and the VW Atlas is one"
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    11. 10-27-2016 10:33 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by classicjetta View Post
      Not on sale until next spring though. VW has to be the most plodding automaker on the market today.

      This thing isn't bad, but I doubt they'll move more than 40k per year.
      It will out just in time for the next economic downturn

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      10-27-2016 10:34 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by Mike! View Post
      Looks, well, like a Passat/Jetta styled SUV so no surprises there (seems like it'll get dated quickly, IMO).

      Surprised they went so big. 198" is almost full Pathfinder and bigger than Highlander, Pilot, Explorer. VW also needs to fill the space below that. There's room for something between this and Tig, and Touareg isn't the same idea.

      Name is still good.

      LWB Tiguan will be about 185" long.

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      10-27-2016 10:37 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by A_GaSpAr View Post
      LWB Tiguan will be about 185" long.
      If anything, they now need a sub-Tiguan CUV.

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      10-27-2016 10:39 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      If anything, they now need a sub-Tiguan CUV.
      There'll be at least two sub-Tiguan CUVs within the next few years.
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      10-27-2016 10:39 PM #15
      Meh...don't like it much. Look kinda dull.
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      10-27-2016 10:40 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      There'll be at least two sub-Tiguan CUVs within the next few years.
      By 2022 at the latest, right?

    17. 10-27-2016 10:40 PM #17
      Looks good.

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      10-27-2016 10:42 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by classicjetta View Post
      Not on sale until next spring though. VW has to be the most plodding automaker on the market today.
      The US is probably one of the bottom 5 markets for VW, yet they still are vying for top manufacturer across the globe.. in other words, the US isn't a priority for the brand.

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      When's the TDI version coming out?
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      10-27-2016 10:55 PM #20
      The VW Borrego.

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      Big boot even with all three rows up, and middle seats can fold even with a child seat in place.

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      10-27-2016 11:35 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryukein View Post
      That does look good. From the photos I'm seeing on twitter, the more neutral/dark the color the better.
      That's uber German.
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      10-27-2016 11:37 PM #24
      Better late than never...

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      10-27-2016 11:38 PM #25
      THis thing looks alright outside. It's not killer. It's more masculine than I'd have thought. It's not offputting to soccer moms though. Kinda JGC like with the boxed off aggressive front end and a mild mid section. Love the spartan interior. What's the price? I bet the 2.0t tsi is great in this. Won't move it like a rocket but a nice torque around town and highway. I dont think I'm looking for a vehicle with this big a footprint but I'm curious.
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