Two years after the launch, the Atlas is still fighting for its position on the market, and there are are some very interesting novelties to come for the next year. No, we are not talking about a mid-cycle refresh. The current model has been around for just two years, which is way too early for a facelift. Moreover, this manufacturer isn’t very generous with novelties during production cycles of its models.
On the other side, we are about to see a completely new version of this large crossover. The 2020 VW Atlas will, besides standard layout, also come with a sloping roof, in a coupe-like layout. The new model will be called Atlas Cross Sport and besides new rear end design, it should feature any other notable difference compared to standard models. Speaking of standard models, we won’t see bigger changes for the next year.
2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport
Of course, the biggest novelty for the 2020 VW Atlas will be a new coupe version, called Cross Sport. The German manufacturer already presented a concept version of this model last year and the production version is about to borrow many design solutions from it. Of course, we won’t see those fancy LED lights but count on a similar overall look. This particularly refers to the rear end design, which is about to come with a sloping roof layout, something that is quite typical for today’s crossovers. Other than that, we could see some tweaks to the tailgate and taillights, while the front end is expected to be pretty much the same.
Such a design will definitely affect the interior space. The dashboard will definitely remain the same but count on less room in the last row, due to a new design. Same refers to the cargo area.
2020 VW Atlas Specs
When it comes to standard models, we definitely won’t see any notable change in terms of the overall design. The 2020 VW Atlas will continue with the same design, based on the company’s well-known MQB platform. The overall design is pretty much in a typical VW manner, without any radical design element. On the inside, things aren’t that VW-typical. The overall interior quality could be better. Untypically for the German manufacturer, some areas feature pretty low-quality materials, while the overall impression is that rivals look more opulent on the inside. However, no one can deny the Atlas’ great comfort.
This SUV features one of the biggest cabins in the class. Thanks to a long 117.3-inch wheelbase, this SUV offers generous legroom in all three rows of seats, which isn’t that typical for the class. Also, it is important that the cargo area is huge. You can count on more than 20 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall capacity goes all away up to 97 cubic feet, which is even comparable with full-size SUVs.
In terms of the standard equipment, we could see a couple of novelties in the 2020 VW Atlas, but things will largely remain the same. Count on a similar list of standard features, which includes goodies like a 6.5-inch touch screen, Mirror Link, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Of course, higher trims are more generous. You can get things like a larger 8-inch touch screen, navigation, Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, HD Radio, satellite radio, a 12-speaker premium audio system and more.
When it comes to safety features, the German manufacturer is pretty generous. All models come with things like a post-collision braking system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection. Also, higher trims offer systems like Front and rear parking sensors, a surround-view parking camera, parallel park assist etc.
2020 VW Atlas Engines
Changes under the hood definitely won’t come. The 2020 VW Atlas will continue with two familiar engines in the offer. Base models will carry on with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 235 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. There is also a 3.6-liter V6 in the offer, which delivers 276 horses and 266 pound-feet of torque. Even with this engine, the Atlas doesn’t deliver any spectacular performances, and that is definitely one of the bigger complaints about this large SUV.
This becomes even bigger drawback once you realize that fuel economy isn’t very good either. The base turbo-four engine returns around 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which seems okay. On the other side, the V6 should be better than 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Release Date and Price
The 2020 VW Atlas is expected to arrive sometime late in the year. The price should remain pretty much the same, which means that base models should go around 31.000 dollars.