The Atlas is based on the Volkswagen Group's MQB architecture, but it's significantly larger than its siblings; at 4922mm long, the Atlas is 225mm lengthier than the Skoda Kodiaq and even 121mm longer than the current largest Volkswagen SUV, the Touareg.
The Atlas is 1979mm wide and 1767mm high, making it 38mm wider and 35mm taller than the Touareg. Not only is it larger than any VW passenger car on sale in Europe, it’s also Volkswagen’s largest US model, too.
The cabin features the usual raft of VW switchgear and dials, shared with the rest of its range. This includes touchscreen infotainment mounted in the centre console and an optional digital screen behind the wheel, the display of which can be customised according to driver preference.
The car’s infotainment can be specified with Volkswagen Car-Net, which brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Mirror Link, while an optional Fender Premium audio system, complete with 12 speakers and a 480-watt amplifier, is claimed to be the most advanced ever fitted to a Volkswagen.
Driver assistance systems include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind spot monitoring with a rear traffic alert system, lane departure warning and park assist technology. VW claims that the Atlas is also the only car in its class to come with an automatic post-collision braking system, which keeps the brakes applied in the second phase of an accident to prevent further impacts.
Along with this new safety system, the Atlas sets itself apart from the rest of VW's SUV range with the biggest seating capacity. Three rows of seats make the Atlas a genuine seven-seater that VW says can easily carry seven fully-grown adults and their luggage. VW has paid special attention to making access easy, devloping a unique seat folding mechanism specifically for the Atlas's second row of seats to maximise space into the back.
Prices and on-sale date
At this stage, the US is the only confirmed market for the Atlas, but China is understood to be another potential area of interest in the future.
The US models will be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, US next year. Pricing and further technical information will be released before order books open.