2018 Volkswagen Atlas

2018 is a really big year for Volkswagen. That's because they've launched the brand new Atlas, VW's roomiest SUV to date. It's not bigger than you're family needs - it's the perfect size for exploring this big world with them. With its ample power, three comfortable rows of seating, generous cargo space, and exemplary safety features, you'll feel confident taking your family anywhere.

 

Built with your family in mind - no matter the kids' ages - the Atlas fits up to seven passengers. Even better, VW didn't skimp on the third row like a lot of other SUV makers. The Atlas fits seven adults, kids or a combination of the two. The second row can even easily accommodate three child seats.

 

Need to haul stuff instead of people? Fold down the second and third rows, and you get a whopping 96.8 cubic feet of cargo storage. And when properly equipped, the Atlas has a 5,000-lb. towing capacity so you can tow trailers with ease. You'll want to take a weekend getaway even when it's not the weekend.

 

The Atlas is already making a big impression: it's been awarded Best of 2018 by Cars.com. Not just best SUV, but best vehicle, period. That's no small feat for a vehicle in its first year of production. It's also earned the coveted 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Safety Administration so you can rest easy knowing that your family is in good hands.

 

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Engines

The Atlas comes with two powerful engine options that are both paired with VW's smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission:

 

2.0L turbocharged inline-four- This sporty performance engine is capable of 235 HP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque (with premium fuel) and achieves up to 26 MPG highway.*

 

3.6L V6 - This beefy V6 has power to spare, offering a hefty 276 HP and 266 lb.-ft. of torque and achieving 25 MPG highway.*

 

4MOTION All-Wheel Drive

With VW's available 4MOTION all-wheel drive (AWD) system, the Atlas is equipped to grip. This intelligent system immediately drives power to the wheel or wheels that need it, giving you the best possible traction in any weather or road condition.

 

And with a turn of the Active Control dial, you can switch between four AWD modes on the fly to whatever one that fits your driving situation:

 

Snow Mode - Perfect for slick winter roads, this mode allows the engine to upshift earlier, keeping it in a lower RPM range. This prevents too much power from going to the wheels too quickly, so you're kept in control.

 

On-Road Mode - This mode is the go-to setting for the dry and normal road conditions of everyday driving. It directs power to the front wheels, which maximizes fuel efficiency.

 

Off-Road Mode - This mode helps maintain maximum traction on demanding road surfaces. It can activate Hill Descent Control on steep grades to keep you at a safe speed as you descend.

 

Off-Road Custom - Giving you even greater control over your Atlas, this mode lets you customize a range of settings like steering and all-wheel drive options.

 

Technology

The Atlas offers a boatload of available tech features that are not only useful, but keep you enjoying the ride (even really long ones). Available features include:

 

Climatronic 3-zone automatic climate control - Everyone has their idea of the perfect temperature. This available feature can keep everyone happy by offering three different temperature control zones: driver, front passenger, and one that covers both the second and third rows.

 

Fender Premium Audio System - This available powerful and perfectly clear audio system transforms the Atlas into a concert hall on wheels. The system pumps out 480 watts of musical power that needs to be heard to be believed.

 

Panoramic sunroof - The available sunroof runs almost the length of all three rows, inviting the outdoors into your cabin and bathing the interior in glorious natural sunlight. Just open it up for that unmistakable convertible feeling. 

 

Hands-free Easy Open Power Liftgate - Both hands full? No problem. With this available feature, you can keep your key in your pocket and simply wave your foot under the rear bumper. The Atlas then opens the hatch automatically.

 

Remote Power Liftgate - Your life is busy, so this available feature comes in mighty handy when you're in a hurry. Just press your key and the Atlas will automatically unlock and open the hatch before you get to it.

 

Safety

Your family's safety is VW's first priority. That's why the Atlas is loaded with available safety features that offer you complete peace of mind:

 

Front Assist with Pedestrian Monitoring - This available feature uses a radar sensor to alert you when a pedestrian is headed into the path of your Atlas. If you don't respond soon enough, the Atlas can brake automatically to avoid a collision.

 

Blind Spot Monitor - This available system's sensors can help alert you to other vehicles in your blind spot when you are changing lanes.

 

Lane Assist - This available system can let you know if you start to drift into another lane, and even help pull you back into the correct lane if needed.

 

Rear Traffic Alert - This available feature utilizes sensors to alert you when you're in reverse and other vehicles are about to cross your path. It can even apply the brakes automatically if needed.

 

Park Assist - This available system can judge if a parking spot is big enough for your Atlas. It will then help you steer into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot - you control the gas, brake and shifter while Atlas does the rest.

 

Adaptive Cruise Control - This available feature helps you safely maintain a set distance from the vehicle directly ahead. If the detected vehicle slows down or speeds up, the Atlas will follow suit.

 

You won't find a better combination of comfort, power, safety and versatility in a family SUV than the brand new Atlas. But don't just take our word for it, come test drive one at Darling's Volkswagen in Bangor today!

 

 

 

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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