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VOLKSWAGEN ATLAS UNVEILED

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Dieselgate notwithstanding (and the consecutive lawsuits), Volkswagen is in no mood to slack in the US markets. Take a good look at the Atlas. It is big, brash, houses petrol motors and is an exercise in being excessive, just like the country it is going on sale in.

dimensions. The Atlas is both longer - 5,037mm vs 4,892mm - and wider - 1,979mm vs 1,860mm - compared to the Ford Endeavor but is a notch shorter - 1,768mm vs 1,837mm. 
Just like the upcoming Skoda Kodiaq, the Atlas is based on Volkswagen's modular 'MQB' platform. The design isn't radical like its Czech sibling, though, and is a throwback to SUVs from the yesteryear's. It is boxy, with strong character lines that only accentuate the sheer bulk. With SUV designs getting largely urban (and soft), the no-nonsense straightforward look does seem likable. Then there's the hot potch of modern elements thrown into the mix. The headlights, daytime running lights and tail lamps get the LED treatment, and there's some tasteful use of chrome too. It wouldn't be far fetched saying the face has a hint of Range Rover to it. 
The negative part of it however, is that the Atlas, as of now, gets a choice of two petrol motors. There's the familiar 238PS 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine, as well as a 280PS 3.6-litre VR6 mill doing duty on the Atlas. As much as petrol-powered vehicles are making a comeback, SUVs continue to be diesel-driven widely . Considering it is based on the same platform as the Kodiaq, Volkswagen should have no problem plonking in a 2.0-litre TDI diesel that currently powers a host of cars including the Skoda Superb and the upcoming Passat. And yes, it does pack Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel drive tech, and gets a rotary knob to select driving modes - just like the Endeavor.
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The Atlas sits between the Tiguan and the Touareg. But, unlike them, it houses three-rows of seats. A seven-seat layout is something that markets expects by default in a big SUV, and this one checks that off as well. And, then there's the usual tech-fest on offer - an LCD screen in place of the traditional dials, a 12-speaker Fender audio system and a touchscreen infotainment system with AndroidAuto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink too. 
Volkswagen says the Atlas will be made available in Russia and the Middle East by the end of 2017. Should the German auto giant add Africa to the list? Well, we think they should!  



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