The manufacturer has confirmed the arrival of the new 2020 VW Atlas, which is expected to get some major upgrades this time. First of all, its lineup will be expanded for a new model called the Atlas Cross Sport which will represent the smaller version of the standard model. Inside, it will get two rows of seats unlike the base Atlas with a three-row seating configuration. Furthermore, under its hood, we can expect the all-new a plug-in hybrid engine.
2020 VW Atlas powertrain
The upcoming 2020 VW Atlas will arrive with two traditional engines beneath its hood, but this time it will also get a new engine option. So, the base is going to be a 2.0-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which will have the output of 235 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and will come with front-wheel drive configuration. This engine will be rated at 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
The next is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine. This one will be able to make 276 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque. It will also work with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. However, it will be available with both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations. The FWD model will get 18/25 mpg. And the all-wheel drive model is estimated to be 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
On the other hand, the manufacturer will also introduce a new plug-in hybrid engine which will power the new Atlas Cross Sport model. This powertrain will combine a 3.6-liter V-6 with two electric motors, one placed at the front while the other on the rear end. The total output of this unit will be 355 horses. It will be able to hit 60 mph in 5.4 seconds while its top speed will be limited to 130 mph. Furthermore, it will feature a lithium-ion battery of 18 kWh which will provide an all-electric range of 26 miles. As well, the new Atlas will also have a smaller battery of 2 kWh and it will represent the mild-hybrid version of this model. And this one will be capable of making 310 horsepower.
The exterior and interior design
In terms of external appearance, the new 2020 VW Atlas will keep its familiar look with boxy headlights and a wide grille on the front. On the rear, there will be well-known taillights with chrome trim between. However, the 2020 model year will introduce the new Atlas Cross Sport model which will be a shorter version of the standard model and will get some unique details. So, on the front, we will notice a new grille split by tow horizontal bars and LED headlamps while the rear end will also be slightly different.
Inside the cabin, the standard model will get the same, three-row seating configuration. However, the new Atlas Cross Sport will come with two rows of seats and will be able to place up to five passengers.
Release date and price of the 2020 VW Atlas
We can expect the new 2020 VW Atlas sometime next year, but there is still no precise date of its arrival. The price of the standard Atlas should be around $31,500, but for now, there is no news about the price of the PHEV model.