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2019 Volkswagen Atlas: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

  September 21, 2018

Model Preview

The Volkswagen Atlas will see some important changes for 2019. The most noteworthy update will be the addition of auto emergency braking (Front Assist) and a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert as standard equipment on all trims. In a more subtle move, the number of styles available with the 2.0T engine has been slashed.

As before, the Atlas will be available with either a 2.0T engine rated at 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque or a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 making 276 hp and 266 lb-ft. However, order guides show SE and SEL versions with the 2.0T engine have been discontinued, leaving just the entry-level S. In a somewhat bizarre move, the S V6 will also only come with all-wheel drive. That means someone buying a front-wheel drive Atlas will now have to step up to a more expensive SE.

Volkswagen Atlas

In other news, the SE grade will now get tri-zone climate control, while the SE with Technology Package will get a panoramic roof, 20-inch wheels and a Homelink transmitter. Further up the range, the Atlas SEL will gain the automaker's Digital Cockpit, LED taillights, a heated steering wheel and navigation.

All versions of the Atlas feature a third row bench seat that seats up to 2 passengers, with 50/50 split capability. The second row consists of bench seats, although SE and higher grades offer an option for captain's chairs. Most styles come with V-Tex leatherette upholstery, with cloth only available in the entry-level S, and leather only offered in the range-topping SEL Premium.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Atlas is expected to begin production in early October.

Official pricing will start at $31,890 including destination for the Atlas 2.0T S and $35,090 for the V6 S. The large difference is related to the fact that the V6 S is only offered with all-wheel drive.

At the top of the range, prices extend to $49,390, approaching close to Audi territory. The 2018 Q7 starts at $53,875, but at that price comes only in base form with a 252 hp 2.0T engine.

Key competitors include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

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Pictured: 2018 Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

Volkswagen Atlas

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