The Atlas drops the legendary VR6
An essential model to support Volkswagen’s profitability on North American soil, the midsize Atlas SUV is updated for 2024 by abandoning a mechanism cherished by many brand enthusiasts, the VR6.
Exit then the V6 VR6 characterized by its very closed angle of 15 degrees making it compact and which made the joy of many owners of Corrado, Golf, Jetta and Passat by its musicality and its punch in front of a horde of four-cylinders with less resources.
Last representative of this legendary engine born in 1991, the Atlas will henceforth be primed with a single, more generic engine, a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder.
Volkswagen reckons that with this new engine, the SUV will be less gluttonous and more capable by exposing the fact that it will have 269 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, presumably produced at a lower rpm than the 3.6 VR6. L (273 hp). This four-cylinder will still be mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be able to tow up to 2267 kg
To support this transition stylistically, the Atlas 2024 offers a new grille embellished by a hook of diodes. The interior is also refreshed with the latest generation of the Cockpit Pro infotainment system present in the ID.4, Golf GTI and Golf R. The latter has not been warmly welcomed due to certain stability problems as well as its keys haptics. On sale from the third quarter of the year in a price range that has not yet been revealed.