The Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale this spring and will have a starting price of $30,000. It will be attainable in the United States, despite of its size. During a press conference at the Detroit Auto Show, the German automaker confirmed the news. He said that the range topping Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium trim will be priced from around $48,000. According to reports, Volkswagen still now didn’t decide that where it will price the R-Line Atlas. If Volkswagen delivers it on the expected price, then the Atlas will compete with the GMC Acadia, Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Sante Fe and Mazda CX-9. All these also have a starting price of around $30,000 and can top out to near $50,000 mark.
The Volkswagen Atlas will be built in Tennessee, Chattanooga in spite of its German heritage. It will ride on Volkswagen’s Modular Transverse Matrix MQB platform. It will initially offer four cylinder turbocharged 2.0 liter with 238 horsepower along with a six cylinder 3.6 liter delivering 280 horsepower. Both will be connected to an automatic eight speed transmission.
Volkswagen will most likely reveal all the pricing details of Volkswagen Atlas in the following months. It is expected to know about more details about all the available trim options. Following the Tiguan and Atlas, VW said two new utility cars will arrive in the United States. All four of them will be on the market by 2020. Most probably the next generation Touareg and second SUV will be smaller and slot below the three row Tiguan. VW also said that electrification is a big part of the future in the US. It will probably extend to its SUV and crossover lineup.