Hein Schafer VWoA’s head of sales says there’s much more to love in the 2024 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. On the outside, you’ll see new front clips and revamped tail-end treatments. Both ends feature new wraparound lighting or light bars with illuminated VW logs.
Since the Atlas has 6% of theAmerican midsize SUV segment (450,000 sold to date), VW spent money on upscale interior aiming to become the brand’s pinnacle crossover. The shift-by-wire transmission control lever, means there’s a pass-thru cubby between the front seats. Quilted double-stitched seat covers add a bespoke touch. There’s ambient LED interior lighting with a lighting signature in the Cross Sport’s carbon-fiber look right dash panel.
VW’s IQ Drive driver assist features are standard. The 10.25-inch instrument display panel has a seat-belt monitor for all seating positions.
Schafer says VW listened to its customers. They wanted more power. So the Atlas’ turbocharged four-cylinder mill cranks out 273 lb-ft of torque. This more efficient engine should sprint 10% more quickly to 60 mph than the soon-to-be retired VR6.