VW unfurls Atlas Weekend Edition at 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2017

The new Volkswagen Atlas SUV isn’t due to arrive at dealerships in the United States until spring of this year. Quite a number of people are also excited to get their hands on VW’s new three-row SUV, and that excitement has been further fueled by the special edition of the VW Atlas.

This special version of the Atlas -- the VW Atlas Weekend Edition – will be unveiled to the public at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. No, the Atlas Weekend Edition is not a new trim, but rather, it is a show car intended to highlight how customers could dress up their new Atlas SUVs with the new available accessories.

Of course, we won’t stop you from loving the Atlas Weekend Edition, but keep in mind that this version is pretty much achievable, especially if you have loads of cash from your account.

As launched, the VW Atlas Weekend Edition will build on the SEL Premium trim of the Atlas SUV. The SEL version of the Atlas comes with the all-wheel drive and is equipped with a number of new features. It is nonetheless a healthy version but VW has decided to prep the Atlas especially for the so-called “weekend warriors.” The Atlas Weekend Edition will be powered by a new 3.6-liter VR6 engine that delivers 280 hp (208 kW) of max output and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent through all 18-inch Prisma wheels through the 4Motion all-wheel drive system with Drive Mode Select.

Especially created for weekend warriors, the VW Atlas Weekend Edition exemplifies the brand’s classic "go-anywhere attitude." This is exemplified by the fitment of a modern version of the extended roof found in the VW Vanagon. This extended roof comes in the persona of the so-called "Urban Loader" cargo box that could accommodate up to 17.7 cubic feet (28 liters) of cargo. In addition, the new VW Atlas Weekend Edition also features carrier bags that could be used to attach bicycles kayaks, skis or snowboards.

Likewise, the new VW Atlas Weekend Edition features a set of side steps for shorter passengers as well as a heavy-duty trunk liner with seat-back coverage and a privacy cargo cover. Also fitted on the Atlas Weekend Edition are window and hood deflectors and all-weather rubber mats, as well as splashguards and wheels locks.

Inside, the new Atlas Weekend Edition features a universal tablet mount and a pet barrier behind the second row. It also comes with Media Control center and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Underpinned by the carmaker’s Modular Transverse Matrix architecture, or MQB, the new VW Atlas employs the brand’s current design language. With dimensions of 198.3 inches in length, 77.9 inches in width and 69.6 inches in height, the Atlas is the largest SUV from the German carmaker to be built in the US.

Press Release


The all-new 2018 Volkswagen Atlas that will hit American roads this Spring was designed to let people live a life as big as their imaginations. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen of America, Inc., will demonstrate how the Atlas can be enhanced with smart accessories in a new concept, the Atlas Weekend Edition.

Volkswagen enthusiasts may appreciate the throwback to the “Weekender” packages offered on the classic Vanagon and Eurovan pop-up camper models. The Atlas Weekend Edition integrates several available accessories that enhance the Chattanooga-built SUV’s versatility with innovative cargo solutions.

The Weekend Edition concept is based on an SEL Premium model, equipped with a 3.6-liter VR6® engine making 276 hp and an eight-speed transmission, paired with Volkswagen’s advanced 4Motion® all-wheel drive with Drive Mode Select.

Riding on 18-inch Prisma wheels finished in a custom anthracite gray, the Atlas Weekend Edition features a modern variation of the pop-up roof—the Urban Loader cargo box. When empty, the Urban Loader offers a sleek, minimized appearance; when needed for hauling, it can expand to a 17.7 cubic-foot container. In addition, the Weekend Edition features base carrier bars for attaching accessories for skis, snowboards, kayaks or bikes. Reaching the extra roof storage or helping small children into the vehicle is easy with practical side steps.

Inside the Atlas Weekend Edition, a robust cargo divider provides a safe, pet-friendly barrier behind the second row, so that pets can ride in comfort. The Weekend Edition’s second row also features an innovative universal tablet mount that allows passengers to bring any popular variety of touchscreen tablet along for a getaway. The design provides easy access to the home button on the most common models, and the tablets can use the Atlas available Media Control feature using Wi-Fi technology for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

Other Volkswagen accessories built into the Atlas Weekend Edition concept include window and hood deflectors, a heavy-duty trunk liner with seat-back coverage, a privacy cargo cover, all-weather rubber mats, splashguards, and wheel locks. Many of these accessories will be available from Volkswagen dealers when the Atlas goes on sale in Spring 2017.

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