2018 VW Atlas Is A Brand-New, 7-Seater Large Crossover For North America

Volkswagen has unveiled its brand new Atlas seven-seater crossover ahead of the model’s world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Once known as the Teramont, the VW Atlas offers three-row seating and aims to satisfy the SUV-hungry desires of North America by representing the firm’s first foray into the local family SUV segment.

Built in Chattanooga, Tenneessee, the Atlas is underpinned by VW’s Modular Transverde Matrix (MQB) architecture and measures 198.3 inches (5,037mm) long, 77.9 inches (1,979mm) wide and 69.6 inches (1,767mm( high, making it the largest Volkswagen on sale in the United States.

At launch, the Atlas will be offered with two powertrains. The first, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder, delivers 238 hp and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. For those looking for some added grunt, a 3.6-liter six-cylinder with 280 hp is also available with the same eight-speed ‘box.

The four cylinder can only be configured in front-wheel drive while the V6 can be specced in front-wheel drive or 4Motion all-wheel drive trims. The latter drivetrain offers the owner a number of driving modes to alter the vehicle’s parameters depending on conditions.

Considering the key selling point of the SUV is its three-row seating, the interior is certainly worthy of discussion. VW says the Atlas offers space for seven adults and luggage and uses foldable seats in the third row.

Up front, the driver enjoys Volkswagen’s digital cockpit and has the marque’s Car-Net infotainment system within arm’s reach. The infotainment setup offers features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, MirrorLink and is joined by a Fender premium audio system with 12 speakers and a 480-watt amplifier.

Among the key safety elements of the 2018 VW Atlas is an Automatic Post-Collision Braking System, making it the first in its class with such a feature. Additionally, the Atlas includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

Discussing the new model, VW’s chief executive of the North America Region, Hinrich J. Woebcken said “This is the biggest and boldest Volkswagen we have ever built in the United States, delivering the distinctive design and craftsmanship we’re known for, now with room for seven. The Atlas marks a brand new journey for Volkswagen to enter into the heart of the American market.”

The Atlas will launch in the spring of 2017 in the U.S. Pricing details have yet to be announced.

Live photos from Carscoops’ Zac Estrada who will soon bring us live impressions of the crossover

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  • MultiKdizzle

    Your SUV is bad.

    And you should feel bad.

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  • Blarg

    Please tell me this is joke!?! That thing is hideous!!! I was holding out to see how this was gonna turn out but no longer, looks like I’m gettin a Grand Cherokee.

    • rover10

      It’s just VW being safe with the styling, but should prove a solid seller.

      • BGM

        Not safe. The word you’re looking for is LAZY and perhaps CONDESCENDING. As far as I care to check ALL VW vehicles now look exactly the same. That’s an insult. Imagine if the Mustang, the Taurus, the Focus, the Explorer the F150 and the Transit all looked exactly the same, just different sizes and heights. You wouldn’t call that safe. VW is dead as far as I’m concerned.

        • rover10

          Safe is exactly the word to describe VW, and to suggest they might have got it wrong, is a bold statement. VW is very successful in producing a strong range of vans, 4×4’s and cars, that project German engineering and quality that may look conservative,but is satisfies like minded customers. The Russian doll, principle does not work for everyone, thank goodness, but in VW’s case it does.


    • BGM

      Good enough for China for the the West I expect my car companies to put more effort in design.

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  • Justin Spencer

    Looks a little bit like a Grand Cherokee from the taillight setup. Overall it’s not too bad!

  • George Emilio

    Did Volkswagen just design the 2017 Mitsubishi Endeavor?

  • Bob

    This is a really progressive design and innovative vehicle…if this were 2005.

  • Rich Money

    no pizazz, no personality. a polished box. wow vw great job.


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  • Honda NSX-R

    And I thought the new Honda Pilot was bland

  • haudit

    I’m getting one of two things from this. Either:

    a) Volkswagen still has zero understanding of American buyers, or;
    b) Volkswagen actively enjoys punishing American buyers.

    I’m not quite sure which is the correct answer, but I suspect it’s probably a little bit of both.

    How did they get from the restrained but relatively stylish CrossBlue to this lukewarm, clumsy, disjointed looking mess? The headlights and front fascia are far too big and blocky, and the creases over the wheelarches are just awful.


    This is what it should have looked like.

    • Able

      I don’t see how VW doesn’t have an understanding of the American market. This is a lazy, 7-seat SUV with a huge V6 engine that looks boring as f**k, would handle awfully and will get terrible fuel consumption. It honestly sounds perfect for you guys! Very glad that I won’t be receiving the Atlas in my part of the world.

      • Sébastien

        Agrees the 3.6 v6 is very old.

      • Enter Ranting

        And where’s your part of the world? Siberia? Bangladesh? France?

      • Ron

        You have a good point considering the best selling car in America is the Camry. It speaks volumes about American buyers need for a point A to point B car with absolutely nothing interesting in the middle. However, VW buyers are generally not like that and they are missing the mark with this one.

    • Alban Gojani

      Shhh…you’re ruining their facelift unveiling.

  • Ilbirs

    Awful! the concept was way better.

  • WG

    the 2 waves on the side softened the rugged design atmosphere. the interior is nice but doesnt look like it’s soft to the touch. i agree with what others are saying that the concept looks a lot better.

  • Ilbirs

    Maybe VW learned to catch the American tastes with the Atlas. I consider a wise move when the brand enters a less crowded segment than the SUVs one step below. The engines are also well chosen and my curiosity for now is about this eight-speed automatic. As VW uses Aisin units, I guess that we’ll see an AWF8F45 under the hood, considering how much torque this transmission needs to handle. How this compares to the dual wet clutch six-speed DSG we know it’s yet to be seen.
    Other thing to point is that we’re seeing that the MQB is showing more possibilities than we expected. Not only the Atlas is the largest VW on U.S. but also the largest model riding on the MQB in any part of the globe. What kind of MQB spec we’re talking is something I’d like to know, as for now we have MQB-A (Golf VII, Tiguan II et cetera) and MQB-B (Passat VI, Superb Mk3 and others). See that the Atlas is a lot wider than a Kodiaq, itself already very wide.

    It’s important to notice that the Atlas is the first American MQB, meaning that a Passat VI is likely to be seen, and maybe in a spec close to the Chinese Magotan, as this one is a bit longer than the European and would suit also U.S. desires.

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    if they remove the VW badge it will fit nicely as the next generation Kia Mohave

    • Ali_A76

      exactly… you got it right mate…

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I said that back before this was confirmed!

  • MarketAndChurch

    This would have been awesome in 2012. It looks decent in 2016. But there’s a new Explorer on the horizon, to be followed shortly by a new Highlander and probably a new Pathfinder too.

    It’s not bad at all. It’s just a bit too average. I know VW’s cost cutting was going to be bad, but I didn’t see it being this bad. It looks like a cross between a previous generation Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a previous generation Honda Pilot, with some bits here and there to make it look German. Would be the perfect vehicle for a Subaru Outback and Forester owners to upgrade to. I’ll probably wait for some live pics, or see it live at the autoshow before writing it off.

    • BqWsRe

      The new gen Jeep Grand Cherokee will kill them all.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Whew, it’s been almost half a day since we got word of another SUV.

  • Ali_A76

    What an ugly SUV…. The crossblue concept was a looker in my opinion but this one is an absolute eyesore…

  • TheHake

    Just keep that thing away from us.

  • BqWsRe

    Looks like they wanted to be a 10-year-old Jeep. And the Jeep still looks better.

    Too bad for them Jeep is coming out with a stunning new-generation Grand Cherokee next year.

    • BqWsRe

      I also see a little Mitsubishi in there…and that is not a good thing.

  • Markey

    hideous side view

  • Vanishing Boy

    -> I bet the Atlas won’t get Teramont’s cool LED tail lights WITH amber turn signals!


    ^ Instead, like the rest of the VW/Audi lineup in North America it will get the cheap-looking all red incandescent red turn signals. FML

  • Sébastien

    What a sad face

  • CFK

    Up to 10 USB´s, 15 cup holders and connectivity for 18 Ipad´s.

  • It is almost ugly as it is big (huge)… Soccer moms are gonna love it.

  • Knotmyrealname

    My eyes!! Whoever is signing off these abominations needs a good kicking.

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  • Sebastien

    Humm you are saying this is ugly, but to me, it looks like really similar to the new Tiguan (which all people like), but bigger.

    Anyway, I’m not the target of those large SUV, all I want is VW to bring the standard Tiguan in Canada.

  • Trackhacker

    Just another bland VW. I don’t understand who buys VW’S. They all look like they are for old people who are depressed. The only ones that look decently good or exciting is the GTI & Golf R. Everything else in there lineup is a snore fest.

    • alexxx

      exactly…..you stole my words…:-))

  • Dennis James

    Didn’t know that even a bus-sized SUV is now a “crossover”. Cross over to what ? An actual bus ?

  • DMJ

    I cant believe ‘im telling this, but the design team from Skoda Kodiaq should give some guidance to this kids from VW.

  • Skip

    Not bad… but will it blend?…… Wonder what towing capacity is?

  • U8INIT

    Who want’s a mustard colored car… :/

  • Michael_66589

    maybe you disagree, but in my opinion best looking VW branded car in history.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I really worry about the upcoming Golf. Please America, Please China, don’t get your dirty paws on the design of the Golf 8.

  • Bob

    It looks like a jeep grand cherokee and a Q7 together.

  • J Hod

    why bother?

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    How sad. This is really ugly