North America is one of the most demanding markets in the automotive industry, so specific that even an amazing crossover like VW Touareg didn’t have too much success in this part of the world. Therefore, the German carmaker came up with something completely new, designed especially for the U.S. market. It is a model called Atlas and it came less than two years ago.
Allegedly, the company prepares changes already for the third year of the production. The 2020 VW Atlas is about to come with a couple of modifications, which would make it even more competitive. Some reports suggest aesthetical changes, while others also speculate about a hybrid version. Unfortunately, we are still waiting to hear something from the officials, so all the following info about 2020 VW Atlas is based on rumors and our predictions.
In any case, we don’t expect from 2020 VW Atlas to arrive much earlier than usual. Most likely, this will happen sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2020 VW Atlas Design Changes
As we already mentioned, there are many reports that suggest changes for the 2020 VW Atlas. Most of them are about visual upgrades. Still, we don’t believe that many of them will come. It is a well-known fact that VW doesn’t like experiments during a production cycle. So, this model will probably come with minor changes only. Most of them will be inspired by the recent concept, which is rumored to come as 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport. Still, the overall layout will remain pretty much familiar, based on the brand’s newest design language.
Same goes for the mechanical aspect of the vehicle. This model rides on a familiar MQB platform, which isn’t used for such large vehicles too often. However, that doesn’t stop Atlas from delivering a pretty smooth ride and high overall ride quality. Someone would probably criticize its not so good dynamics, but we are pretty sure that company’s designers never had an intention to create something like that at all.
2020 VW Atlas Interior
Some of the 2020 VW Atlas changes could possibly come on the inside. The current model features a pretty good cabin design, though there is a couple of complaints. The most important one goes for the dashboard layout, which feels too simple for the segment. Don’t get us wrong, it features great quality, but this dash somehow looks way too simple, like it’s missing something if we compare it to other models in the class. Therefore, a couple of tweaks in this area seems quite possible.
Other than that, the 2020 VW Atlas should continue with a familiar cabin layout. The Atlas is bigger than most other models in the class. It also features a longer wheelbase, so it’s not strange that there is plenty of room on the inside. This is actually one of rare mid-size crossover that can actually comfortably accommodate adult passengers in all three rows. The cargo area is also pretty generous. You can count on respectable 20 cubic feet behind
In terms of tech goodies, the current model has some things to offer, but there are rivals that offer more. Therefore, we could see a couple of novelties in the 2020 VW Atlas. Currently, standard features are a 6.5-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto etc. The next-year model could offer a bigger touchscreen in all trims. Also, there is a couple of more potential candidates that could become part of standard equipment in the next year. Those are things like LED headlights, power-adjustable seats etc.
Automatic post-collision braking and a rearview camera are the only standard safety features in the current model. On the other side, a list of available systems is pretty long. There are things like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision monitoring with automatic braking, lane departure warning and much more. Some of these advanced systems could become standard features in the 2020 VW Atlas.
2020 VW Atlas Engines
The 2020 VW Atlas will carry on with two familiar units. Base models will continue with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 235 horsepower. You won’t get some spectacular performances with this engine, but count on a decent fuel economy, which goes around 22 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Fortunately, there is an optional 3.6-liter V6, which delivers around 275 horsepower. You can count on much better performances with this unit, as well as on a max towing capacity of around 5.000 pounds.
2020 VW Atlas Release Date and Price
The 2020 VW Atlas release date should be scheduled for the last quarter of the year. We don’t expect changes in price, so base models should go around 31.000 dollars.