11 January 2017

VW flexes Atlas muscles for US

Volkswagen hopes its Atlas, a three-row, seven-seat SUV, will turn it into a major player in the mainstream market in the United States, writes Brian Byrne.

This is the vehicle that was first previewed in 2013 by the CrossBlue concept. It will be built at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and is expected in US showrooms in the spring of 2017.

Like the Crossblue concept, the Atlas is based on the flexible MQB platform found in the smaller Golf and other models from the Volkswagen Group. The Atlas features the largest version of the platform and is the largest vehicle in VW’s fleet.

Will we see it in Europe? Probably not. Longer than a Range Rover, it’s just too big for most garages over here. An extended length Tiguan Allspace, debuted at Detroit this week alongside the Atlas, will fill the 7-seat bill for us.