The first update is about to arrive next season. The new 2021 VW Atlas is going to present the fresh front fascia. Also, buyers of the mid-size SUV will find more equipment in the cabin and new materials. Finally, another engine could join the lineup. Currently, the SUV is available with four- and six-cylinder units.
The inspiration for the mid-cycle update is found on the new Atlas Cross Sport. This is the brand-new vehicle, smaller than the 2021 VW Atlas, which will grow for the next season. That will create more changes for interior updates. More equipment is coming both for the base trim and upper levels, as well as for the optional packages.
There are also unconfirmed rumors about the SUV. For example, a hybrid engine is a hot topic. The company has an ID Crozz concept which will be turned into an all-electric production vehicle. Some models will take advantage of the platform to get hybrid and PHEV versions. Also, we could see the performance-oriented edition – the popular R (do not mix it with R-Line trim level). Atlas’ sibling from Europe, Touareg, is going to introduce such a model next season.
2021 VW Atlas Facelift
The new 2021 VW Atlas is going to be longer than before. The SUV rides on the same platform and the wheelbase is still 117 inches, but the overall length will be more than 201 in. Currently, the SUV is 198 inches long. The company is updating its grille. The three-bar style is already available on the smaller crossover, Atlas Cross Sport. Plus, we will see the new headlights on the mid-size model. Taillights are also under the revisit and the T-Line will be available with special upgrades for the entire body, including bumpers, wheels, and side skirts.
Besides the facelift, we will see the new look of the cabin for the first update of the mid-size SUV. The same 8-inch infotainment screen is at the center of the dashboard. Buyers will find a refreshed steering wheel with more buttons. If you like it, you can upgrade the offer with the digital cluster, premium audio system, or multi-zone climate control. Higher trim levels offer heating and ventilation for seats.
The carmaker worked on the safety and driver aid features. Now, all versions will come with forward collision warning and pedestrian detection. Plus, there are autonomous braking, lane keep and change alerts, blind-spot monitoring, parking assist, and many more options.
2021 VW Atlas Specs
Under the bonnet of the 2021 VW Atlas is still a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit capable to produce enough power for the mid-size segment. Still, 235 hp might be good for an entry-level model, but buyers will probably look for the more powerful unit, even if it costs them more money and consumes more fuel. A turbo-four returns 24 mpg and the novelty for the upcoming season is the all-wheel drive for the entry-level powertrain.
As said, a V6 is producing more power – 276 hp, and slightly more torque – 266 lb-ft, 8 pound-feet more than turbo-four. An eight-speed automatic gearbox sends power to front wheels, and the famous 4Motion AWD is optional. Regardless of the drive system, a 3.6-liter V6 consumes 20 mpg combined. The company offers three modes for specific driving conditions. You can select Sport, Eco, or Normal.
R-Specs Performance Version
The carmaker is about to introduce the Atlas R-Specs model with improved performance. This upgrade is almost certain for Touareg and its US sibling could follow the steps. It wouldn’t be the first time for the mid-size SUV to get such an upgrade. Previously, engineers installed a huge 5.0-liter engine for this version. Now, a 4.0-liter unit is more likely.
But, some speculations say the 2021 VW Atlas R-Specs could use a hybrid system. Already exploited in China, a 2.0-liter turbo unit in combination with an electric motor can produce 360 hp. This is something that would fit the R lineup for the special edition of the Atlas.
When Will 2021 VW Atlas Be Available?
The 2021 VW Atlas is arriving this spring, the company confirms. Still, the SUV is not going to be available for purchase right from the start. The first appearance will unveil details about the look and features, while the most important details will be left for the launch. At least, we will know if it is realistic to expect a hybrid or R model. The base price should remain at the same level as before. That is around $31,000. SE package adds $3,000 and SEL will be over $42,000. Additional upgrades are Technology, R-Line, 4Motion. Combined, these bundles will make the Atlas SEL cost more than $50k.
The competition in the mid-size segment is very tough. Atlas will have a task to get on the line to US models, which dominate the market. We’ll see if the German SUV can steal some buyers from Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer, and Chevy Traverse. There are also Japanese carmakers with their reliability and durability – Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. If you are looking for a premium offer, then the same carmaker recommends its luxury brand, Audi Q7.