For the 2018 model year, Volkswagen is introducing a new SUV model called the Atlas. The all-new VW Atlas is large and in charge in an All-American way, as families will love its roomy interior, comfortable ride, strong engine, and great interior features.
At least at first, all Atlas models will be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 rated at 276 horsepower, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will come standard, but 4Motion® all-wheel-drive will be available on all trims. Later in the model year, VW will add an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The Atlas has a host of available advanced safety features, including forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. These features come standard on the SE (with the Tech package), SEL, and SEL Premium models. With these features and more, it earned a 2017 Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is already available right here at Gossett VW Porsche. Stop by today and take it out for a test drive.
Volkswagen is turning its eye towards the American automotive market, where larger SUVs are selling like hotcakes. The European brand has long chosen to develop premium mid-size vehicles, but it’s changing course with the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas—a full-size three-row SUV designed for American families.
Unlike many full-size SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas offers a comfortable, firm ride on paved roadways. The standard all-wheel drive configuration offers responsive handling.
The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas features a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. That smooth-shifting powertrain delivers a hearty 276 hp. Later this year, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will offer 235 hp and improved efficiency.
The Volkswagen Atlas features sharp exterior styling that sets it apart from its closest competitors. The spacious interior offers three-row seating that’s perfect for larger families.
Premium materials and ergonomic controls make long road trips not only manageable, but enjoyable. The 6.5-inch and 8-inch touchscreen systems offer Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility.
The display featured both the new Atlas and the classic VW Microbus, showing the similarities and differences in design over the multi-decade gap. The display was set against a backdrop of a city setting, which transitioned to the great outdoors to show the versatility and “go-anywhere spirit” of the Volkswagen brand.
The LEGO Atlas model was made of white LEGO bricks and features front and rear Volkswagen badging as well as black rims, roof rails, a trailer hitch, and a distinctive grille. What’s more, the model also highlights the utility of the Atlas’ seven-passenger seating.
The Microbus was lovingly crafted from blue and white LEGOs to accurately reflect the real thing, including its two-tone exterior, the V-shaped front fascia design, rounded headlamps, a curved bumper, and VW badging.
If you’re interested in the new Atlas SUV, it hits dealerships later this year, so keep an eye out or give us a call at Grosett VW Porsche and ask us to keep you updated!
While many automakers in the US market have been taking advantage of the trend toward SUVs and crossovers, Volkswagen’s SUV lineup has been surprisingly lacking. The one nameplate currently under the brand’s belt is the Tiguan. However, we saw hints of a new midsize crossover from VW at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and now the vehicle is finally seeing the light of day under the name “Atlas.”
The Volkswagen Atlas has been hinted at for awhile, with VW CEO Hinrich Woebecken revealing earlier in 2016 that the crossover would have a simple, more easy-to-pronounce name for the American market. With its sharp, two-syllable name, “Atlas” appears to have fulfilled that promise.
This new midsize crossover Volkswagen is clearly designed to appeal to American consumers, and the strategic release of the Atlas comes at a time when VW sales are lower than usual. If priced competitively, the Volkswagen Atlas could help the brand pull ahead in the market once again and invite a whole new demographic of young families looking for stylish but practical vehicles.
The VW Golf Alltrack has never been sold in the United States before, but after Volkswagen’s most recent press release, that’s about to change! The VW Golf Alltrack is based on the popular Golf SportWagen and has been a top choice for drivers who desire a ride with crisp handling. The Golf Alltrack has been available in Europe for years, but this fall, the newest model will hit United States shores!
The 2017 VW Golf Alltrack will feature 4MOTION all-wheel drive and offers all the capability of an all-terrain vehicle without the rough exterior. Off-Road Mode goes hand-in-hand with the new all-wheel drive system and makes this model more capable than ever before.
A 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that pumps out 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque powers the off-road-capable model. Drivers wanting to control gear shifting should wait until the six-speed manual transmission releases following the launch of the Golf Alltrack.
While the exterior looks entirely different from the Golf SportWagen, the interior is a different story. The layout is similar but the Golf Alltrack sees premium materials, like leatherette seating surfaces, and aluminum pedal covers plus Alltrack branding.
Initially revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, the BUDD-e concept has a basic system of commands such as opening doors and activating the navigation system, but its voice recognition software is still less advanced than Apple’s Siri.
Voice recognition isn’t all this car has going for it, though. The 34-inch backseat display, curved dashboard touchscreen, and motion-activated door handles all make the BUDD-e car feel like it’s straight out of the future. This super-advanced electric car will have a range of 230 miles and take only 30 minutes to charge to 80% from 0%.
According to Volkswagen, the BUDD-e won’t be on the road until 2020. Expect it to be made available by the end of the decade though, marking a breakthrough in an EV world that is currently held back by long charging times and limited range.
The 2016 VW Jetta GLI 2.0T is awfully sporty all on its own. This great-looking version of the Jetta was recently enhanced by the Italian garage MOMO and in the process got a whole lot sportier.
What we might call the “Italian treatment” involved a number of exciting additions. The 2016 VW Jetta GLI 2.0T MOMO Edition sits on MOMO-custom 19-inch, aluminum-alloy wheels. Called MOMO Revenge wheels, they feature a unique mesh design.
The Jetta MOMO edition offers superb handling and response. MOMO added sway bars both at the front and rear of the vehicle. They also added coilovers at every wheel. The Milltek Sport exhaust not only gives this superbly-tuned Jetta a great sound but it also improves airflow. With all of the quickness this model offers, you also need excellent stopping power. Brembo brakes do the job just fine with 14.4-inch diameter front rotors and monobloc four-piston calipers.
For a long time, Porsche and Volkswagen vehicles were unique for being air-cooled. These days, these machines are liquid-cooled. The way it works is that the heat from your engine passes into the fluid and then the fluid passes through your radiator where it is cooled and heads back to your engine to absorb more heat.
The coolant system on your vehicle is a vital system so it is always a good idea to make sure it is healthy. How can you help maintain your coolant system?
Check for leaks
Always be on the lookout for leaks. A hose is the usual suspect as hoses can occasionally fail. In the case of a leak, you might see radiator fluid on the ground where your car has been parked. You might also see it, or feel it, on one of the hoses. A leaky radiator is a serious issue. In any case, you should never drive a car leaking fluid. Have a professional examine the car as soon as possible.
Maintain Proper Fluid Levels
Coolant does contain water so it can evaporate over time. Check your coolant level from time to time and, if you need to, add more. Your coolant system is pressurized and should never normally need large amounts of fluid. If it does, there’s likely a leak.
Never Drive an Overheating Vehicle
If you notice that your temperature gauge is rising, or you see steam coming from under your hood, immediately pull over and turn off your engine. Overheating can do serious damage to a vehicle, even totaling it.