The Atlas marks Volkswagen’s first hardcore step into creating an all-American SUV. It’s big. Its name is pronounceable. And now it will offer an R-Line sports trim edition.
The R-line package will be an add-on to the SE and SEL Atlas trims. It goes on sale this Spring as a 2018 model. The sports package will go on sale after the original release of the Atlas. After all, good things often require patience. First viewings will take place next week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Like the R version of the Golf, the Atlas R-Line sports things up. It adds “stylish” 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels done in a twin-spoke design. Inside, stainless-steel pedals make you feel like a real sportster. Final cabin touches include a special R-Line start up screen and steering wheel clip.
Exterior flares stand out the most with special R front and rear bumpers. They include unique front air intakes and a glossy black diffuser for the rear and side skirts. R-Line badges make it clear that you went the distance to get the fancy version of the Atlas.
It also comes with larger standard wheels. Under the hood, so far VW says it will only offer the standard Atlas choices of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI turbo and the 3.6-liter V6 engines. These get 235- and 276-horsepower respectively. Eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard and AWD can be added with the V6.
VW will build the Atlas in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it also builds the Passat. It seats seven with three rows. When it arrives it will become the largest VW ever built and sold in America. The exterior shows a wide boxy stance. We like the strong line down the sides highlighting its fenders and length. Drivers will have a choice of five trims.
So far VW isn’t giving pricing for the Atlas or the R-line addition. If we had to guess, which we will, we’d peg it in the 30 to 40k range.