2023 Volkswagen Atlas: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Zac Estrada
Automotive Editor - February 8, 2022

Model Preview

The 2023 Volkswagen Atlas is a three-row midsize SUV. Introduced for 2018, it was last updated for 2021 when it received a new grille, upgraded base engine, expanded all-wheel drive availability, and various technology upgrades. The VW Atlas Cross Sport is a shorter, two-row version of the Atlas with a slightly altered exterior shape. It's covered in a separate preview.

Trim levels for the 2023 Atlas are likely to stick to the 2022's, which is available in SE, SE with Technology, SEL, SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line. The base engine on SE, SE with Technology and SEL models is a 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Available SE with Technology and SEL, and standard on higher trim levels, is a 276-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 engine. Front-wheel drive is standard on SE and SE with Technology models, and all-wheel drive is available with either engine.

For 2022, VW streamlined the Atlas lineup, making all-wheel drive standard on SEL and higher trim levels, while the SEL R-Line and SEL Premium R-Line now come only with the V6 engine. Expect this to continue through 2023 to reduce assembly line complexity.

Expect to see another round of revisions for the Atlas during 2023, likely as a 2024 model, which is expected to include a new interior. A new model is still a few years away when VW may replace the current Atlas with a battery-electric model.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2022 Atlas high marks in crash test scores but marked it down for vehicle-to-pedestrian crash avoidance and for headlights on lower trim levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Atlas a five-star rating, its highest.

All Atlas models currently include automatic emergency braking with forward collision alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. SE with Technology and higher models include adaptive cruise control and parking sensors, while SEL and higher get a lane-keeping assist system and an advanced driver assistance system for highway speeds up to 95 mph.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2023 Atlas is expected to stick closely to the 2022 model's prices, which run from $34,670 for an SE with front-wheel drive and go up to $51,840 for an SEL Premium R-Line with all-wheel drive.

VW hasn't announced a release date for the 2023 Atlas just yet. However, our records show the German automaker tends to release the Atlas in the fall. Whether or not this is delayed or moved forward due to the global chip shortage remains unknown.

Rivals for the VW Atlas include the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

Pictured: 2022 Atlas

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