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.