2021 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Review
2021 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Review– 2021 Volkswagen Atlas has been shown at a small event at the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. but we cannot show what we see, because photography is prohibited. We have this fairly accurate sketch from VW, however, and we can tell you about what we witnessed and learned. And what we see, we like.
Volkswagen is pleased with Atlas’s performance, and SUVs in general. SUVs now account for 53% of Volkswagen sales in the United States. The Atlas rose 48% this November over the same month last year. So, to enter this market is even a problem, VW introduced a slightly smaller Atlas Cross Sport and refreshed the regular Atlas along with it.
For 2021, Atlas gets bigger, at least outside, with an increase of three inches in overall length. Volkswagen tells us three inches go to the updated front bumper, which has more foam pads to improve pedestrian safety. It integrates well into the display, as VW takes the opportunity to refresh the entire front fascia, including the Grille and LED lights in addition to the updated bumper. It looks great in person, at least in the R-line version of Atlas we’ve seen in person (more on that in a little). It has a bit more personality. Tougher, more aggressive. Rear bumper and lighting get fresh to match too.
Inside, Atlas gets a new steering wheel, which looks sporty in leather and with a flat bottom in the version we see. All but the basic version now get an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen. There are more stitches in the interior, with double-stitched seats available. In the R-line we see, the interior looks a little smoother, without striking inexpensive spots or Trim pieces especially awkwardly staring at us. 2021 also introduces available wireless telephone charging in the Cubby stack storage center.
The 2021 Atlas gets some driving technology updates too. Now offers Dynamic Road sign detection, as well as hourly traffic assist, which uses adaptive Cruise Control and lane continues to help to drive cars in Stop-and-Go traffic at speeds below 40 miles per hour. That includes assisting the wheel, but you will get a warning if you take your hand off the wheel for more than eight seconds.
The new R-line package adds some design talent to Atlas, both inside and outside. It has a more aggressive bumper that we like, along with black ventilation accents, some side cladding, and available 21-inch wheels, which are large, to be sure, but look exactly proportional to the overall size of the Atlas.
Powertrains remain the same for 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. That includes a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor for both 235 horsepower and 258 pound-foot torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 producing 276 HP and 266 lb-ft. Now, though, the VW 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will also be available on four cylinders in addition to the v6.
We can expect to see the 2021 VW Atlas debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, with sales as early as May next year.
At the event, Volkswagen talked a little about the SUV strategy that was going forward. There is no mention of the full-size segment, and the middle segment will be covered by a three-row Atlas (which does not impress quite well from such a full size) and two Atlas Cross Sport lines, the last coming to the market as early as this March.
As for the compact SUV segment, Volkswagen already has a Tiguan crossover. In 2021, VW will add another compact, slotting under Tiguan as an entry-level crossover. In terms of size, it will be bigger than smaller subcompacts like the Hyundai Kona, and somewhere in between such as Jeep Kompas, Kia Sportage, and Hyundai Tucson.
Of course, we will also look at the All-Electric Offer, based on the ID Crozz concept and more recently by ID. 4, which we have seen being seduced by Volkswagen and caught up in the crosshair of our spy photographer. It will slot between the new entry-level compact crossover and Tiguan in terms of size and will be close in size to the Honda CR-V, and a little smaller than the Toyota RAV4. It will be built at the same Chattanooga factory as the Atlas family.
Speaking of EVs, Volkswagen is preparing a Buzz ID but also confirmed that it will indeed consider something for the American market based on the Space Vizzion ID concept of the cart. Hopefully.
Like the Atlas, the 2021 Atlas Cross Sport has a powerful 3.6L FSI V6 engine. However, the addition of two electric motors gives the Cross Sport brand a unique hybrid performance, increasing power to an impressive 355 horsepower. This combination allows Atlas Cross Sport to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds. The highest speed is estimated at 130mph. Cross Sport will also be much more agile thanks to its compact size and related weight reduction. There will also have several different driving modes, making Cross Sport able to handle almost everything that comes to it. Modes to choose from include: On-road, Off-road, Sports, and Snow. At present, there is no estimate of EPA gas mileage information for the VW Sport Cross 2021.
COMFORT & ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY
VW Atlas Cross Sport 2021 will maintain the impression of an already fantastic Atlas, while bringing its own unique style to the two-row SUV market. A standard infotainment system with a 10.1 “touch screen will strengthen the entertainment capabilities of Atlas Cross Sport. The Volkswagen Digital Cockpit will feature a clear 12.3” screen for drivers to easily see information such as navigation. Climate control and panoramic sunroof make Cross Sport far more comfortable and attractive.
VW Atlas Cross Sport 2021 will be very maneuverable and safe to operate, thanks to the selection of innovative technologies included in the safety package. The 4MOTION Active Control System provides superior handling potential in Cross Sport, enhancing the driver’s ability to conquer difficult driving conditions. Cross Sport will also be able to use a combination of various driving modes and hybrid powertrain to further enhance the capabilities of Atlas Cross Sport.
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The Volkswagen Atlas 2021 will retain most of its exterior design, but the front and rear will get a design that is more suited to the newly launched Cross Sport variant. This update will include a larger grille flanked by smaller lights. The bottom of the new grille will be slightly lifted up to meet the new headlights instead of flowing horizontally like in the current Atlas. The front bumper will also get an update inspired by Cross Sport with a more prominent air inlet and an upward check that follows the grille. This will also be a new silver trim around the bumper air outlet.
In the back, the refreshed Atlas will get new taillights and a revised chrome bar that connects. Below, the rear bumper will feature a new look with a full-length black bottom insert and integrated tailpipe.
Inside, VW does not offer sketches, but it is said that Atlas will get new driver-assist features and the latest technology. Reports indicate that this update will include a new entertainment system with application-based functionality and Traffic Jam Assist.
Under its bonnet, we expect the 2021 Atlas to continue with a standard 235-2.0 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and an optional 276-hp 3.6-liter V6. The two engines will continue to pair with the eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive or all.
Atlas is currently answered as the IIHS Top Safety Pick because of the “Marginal” and “Bad” lamp ratings. Otherwise he receives the highest score on all damage tests and front accident prevention with standard automatic emergency braking. Unless an updated headlight improves the current model’s downgrade rating, we hope that the 2021 Atlas will hardly be a Top Safety Pick anymore.
Price and Release Date
There is no indication when Atlas 2021 will arrive in the U.S. showroom, but we expect it to debut on February 2020 at the Chicago Auto Show.
With this only a minor refreshment with minor feature updates, we estimate a mild price increase relative to the current Atlas, which ranges from $ 31,890 to $ 49,390 (including destination fees).