The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas is getting a makeover. There will be changes to the aesthetic appearance, the powertrain, and several interior upgrades. It borrows the styling of the all-new Atlas Cross Sport.
The updated 2021 version will feature a three-row mid-size to help compete in the SUV class. It is three inches longer than the previous model. Volkswagen said the length change was made in line with pedestrian safety guidelines and doesn’t change the cabin size. The 2021 Atlas is now 5.7 inches longer than the Cross Sport, but being built on the same platform still share the size of wheelbase.
Unlike previous models, this four-cylinder Atlas model has available all-wheel drive. The 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will be an option with both engines. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 has 235 horsepower, and the 3.6-liter V6 has an output of 276 horsepower. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter designed with Tiptronic and Sport modes for great control. When properly equipped, the Atlas can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The German automaker also is making changes to the available driver assist features. The two new options are Dynamic Road Sign Detection and Traffic Jam Assist. The Dynamic Road Sign Detection scans for road signs and the Traffic Jam Assist continues option of adaptive cruise control at low speeds and in heavy traffic.
This February, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will debut at the Chicago Auto Show. Plan to see it arrive in dealerships in May 2020. There is no pricing available at this time.