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Volkswagen Unveils Fresh Atlas Facelift with Upgraded Powertrain at Chicago Auto Show

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
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UNITED STATES: Volkswagen fans have something to look forward to with the brand’s latest offerings, the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas and its two-row counterpart, the Atlas Cross. 

The vehicles are set to debut a fresh facelift and upgraded powertrain options at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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Starting with the exterior, the Atlas has a bold new look with larger LED headlights that wrap around a mesh grille that has replaced the faux chrome accents with black. 

The hood features a new light bar that stretches across, connecting to the headlights and illuminating the VW logo. 

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The roof spoiler has been slightly increased in size, while the rear features a large light bar that spans the trunk lid, excluding the base trim, which features standard taillights. 

The Atlas also gets a new wheel design that ranges from 18 to 20 inches, with the sporty R-Line version opting for 21-inch aluminium alloys and unique R-Line badging.

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Inside, the Atlas boasts high-quality materials, with the dash and centre console opting for leatherette instead of hard plastic, and door panels that feature the same new front and rear materials. 

The refreshed cabin also features a 12.0-inch “floating” touchscreen, replacing last year’s 10.3-inch unit, and a new 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster. 

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard, as is wireless charging with six USB-C and two USB-A ports.

Volkswagen has prioritised safety in the 2024 Atlas, with the standard inclusion of its IQ. Drive driver assistance technology, which includes lane centering, lane-keeping assist, and automatic braking. 

Adaptive cruise control is an add-on, as well as a head-up display.

Under the hood, the Atlas has ditched last year’s VR6 engine option for a now-standard turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that delivers 269 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque while maintaining the V6’s towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. 

The eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option available, with front-wheel drive as the standard and 4Motion all-wheel drive as an option.

The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas will hit dealerships later this year, with pricing details to be announced closer to the on-sale date. 

Based on the 2023 model, which starts at $36,445 with the destination fee included, and the 2023 Atlas Cross at $35,755, the 2024 model is expected to hike in price slightly.

The 2024 Volkswagen Atlas and Atlas Cross are set to impress with their refreshed looks, upgraded powertrain options, and improved cabin. With a focus on safety, the Atlas is poised to be a top pick for families and adventure-seekers.

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