With the Atlas crossover, Volkswagen promises a break from its bungled past attempts to be more than a niche brand in the U.S. The large crossover has been engineered for the U.S. from the ground up and will be built at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga. Here’s what people are saying about the Atlas.
“If any vehicle was carrying the weight of the world on its shoulders it's the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. Built with the American market in mind, VW's new 7-passenger SUV has the heady task of reclaiming the VW brand and making us all forget about that silly little Dieselgate scandal.”
-- Emme Hall, Roadshow by CNET
“Volkswagen has been selling cars in the United States for 61 years. It's sold quirky cars, small cars, vans, and a few crossovers with odd names. Some are iconic. Some are obscure. A few have been toxic. Except for a few sold during periods of high fuel prices, none of them have ever truly matched the precise needs of American buyers. If the company has its way, that ends now. Meet the 2018 VW Atlas crossover.
“This new three-row has room for up to seven passengers, a strong VR6 engine, and available all-wheel drive. Wrapped in boxy styling with prominent wheel arches, big lights front and rear, and lots of masculine lines and creases, it's the most American-centric vehicle VW has ever conceived.”
-- Greg Migliore, Autoblog
“Stylish, versatile and, most importantly, big, there’s a lot to like about the new midsize SUV, not the least of which is its name. Volkswagen has made a welcome shift away from its other SUV names, which are awkward to read and etymologically unknown to English speakers, like Tiguan (a Germanic hybrid of ‘tiger’ and ‘iguana’) and Touareg (a nomadic North African tribe), in favor of the more familiar ‘Atlas.’”
-- Kyle Campbell, New York Daily News