Volkswagen Atlas

The Volkswagen Atlas is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by the German automaker Volkswagen at its Chattanooga plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States.[6][7] The Atlas is the largest vehicle produced on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform, and features a transverse mounted inline-four or Volkswagen's narrow angle VR6.[3][8]

Volkswagen Atlas
VW Atlas SE IMG 0742.jpg
Also calledVolkswagen Teramont (China, Middle East, Russia, Mexico, Rwanda)
Model years2018–present
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV[1]
Body style5-door SUV
Transmission8-speed Tiptronic automatic
Wheelbase117.3 in (2,980 mm)[2]
LengthAtlas: 198.3 in (5,040 mm)[3]
Cross Sport: 195.5 in (4,970 mm)[4]
Width78.3 in (1,990 mm)[3]
HeightAtlas: 70.0 in (1,780 mm)[3]
Cross Sport: 67.7 in (1,720 mm)
PredecessorVolkswagen Routan[5]
Volkswagen Touareg (North America, second generation)

The Atlas is marketed as the Volkswagen Teramont in the Middle East,[9] Rwanda,[10] China, Mexico,[11] Russia,[12] and China, where production in Ningbo, began in 2017.[13] In China, the Volkswagen Teramont is available with a turbocharged 2.5L VR6 and DSG transmission.



The Volkswagen CrossBlue previewed the Atlas/Teramont as a concept diesel plug-in-hybrid mid-size crossover SUV in September 2013. The Atlas was introduced at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles on November 17, 2016.[14] It went on sale in the United States and Canada in May 2017 as a model for 2018, with pricing starting at US$30,500.[15]


Features included in the Atlas are the VW Digital Cockpit, an available 96.8 cubic feet (2.74 m3) of rear cargo space, seventeen total cup holders, a second row bench seat with room for three child safety seats, a third row seating area that can be accessed with child safety seats still in place, standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity with Volkswagen CarNet and MirrorLink, seven total stability enhancing systems, and available Volkswagen 4Motion four wheel drive system on most models.[16]


The Atlas has two gasoline engine options in the United States:[17]

  • 2.0L turbo I4, gasoline, 235 hp (175 kW), 258 lb⋅ft (350 N⋅m) of torque
  • 3.6L VR6, gasoline, 276 hp (206 kW), 266 lb⋅ft (361 N⋅m) of torque


The 2018 Atlas received the IIHS "Top Safety Pick" rating after earning "Good" ratings in all five crashworthiness tests, and a "Superior" rating on the front crash prevention test. This was in January 2018.[18]

Cross SportEdit

Volkswagen Teramont X at Auto Shanghai (2019)

The Atlas Cross Sport (called Teramont X in China and simply Cross Sport in Mexico[19]) is a mid sized crossover SUV based on the Atlas, but with two rows of seating instead of three, and a lower roof and angled rear window to give it a sportier appearance.[20]

It debuted in North America in the beginning of 2020, as a new model for 2020. Available engines are the same as the original Atlas: a turbocharged four cylinder and a V6. The Atlas Cross Sport is offered in S, SE, SEL, SEL R-Line, SEL Premium, and SEL Premium R-Line trims. The Cross Sport was previewed by the concept CrossBlue Coupe in September 2013.


At the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen unveiled the refreshed Atlas for the model year of 2021. Changes include a new front end based on the Atlas Cross Sport, redesigned wheels, new rear lights, and a new steering wheel similar to the Volkswagen Golf MK8.


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  11. ^ "Nuevo Teramont - SUV sobresaliente". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Volkswagen Teramount Russia". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
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  14. ^ "Volkswagen Gives Its SUV a Name Americans Can Pronounce" from Bloomberg News (November 17, 2016)
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  17. ^ "2018 VW Atlas - midsize family SUV". Volkswagen America, Inc. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018.
  18. ^ "New Volkswagen SUV earns 2017 Top Safety Pick award". Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. 4 August 2017. Archived from the original on 8 January 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2018. The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, a new midsize SUV, earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award.
  19. ^ "Volkswagen Cross Sport 2020 es un Teramont con estilo deportivo". 2019-10-11.
  20. ^ "Volkswagen's Five-Seat Atlas Cross Sport Coming to American Roads". Car and Driver. 2019-10-11. Retrieved 2020-02-17.

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