By Sue Mead
I went to camp! It was an ideal summer time retreat to attend Volkswagen’s “Camp Atlas,” which was designed to showcase these up to date midsize SUVs in VW’s lineup. Instead of a tent or cabin, my lodging was a luxurious Airstream trailer at AutoCamp, which is nestled into the forests of the Catskills close to Woodstock, New York. Of course, there was a night camp fireplace and even s’mores.
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During my two-day camp keep, my job was to drive the 2 redesigned variations of the “adventure-ready” 2023 VW Atlas alongside a group of roadways that snaked by streams and thru the mountains of upstate New York.
Atlas is essential to VW. It is the primary modern-day Volkswagen designed, engineered, and manufactured particularly for American consumers, evolving from the CrossBlue idea that was revealed in October 2016. Atlas was first seen in 2017; becoming a member of its greater 3-row sibling, the 2-row Atlas Cross Sport got here to market in 2020. Today, these sport utility autos are Volkswagen of America’s top-selling and most-profitable nameplates, with gross sales of greater than 500,000 so far. Of observe, 83 p.c of VW’s gross sales at present are SUVs, whereas 91 p.c had been automobiles in 2013.
The beginning MSRP for the 2023 Atlas is $37,725, and $36,715 for the Atlas Cross Sport; each are available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations.
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Atlas is offered in 4 trim ranges, plus two variations of the brand new, special-edition, Peak trim. Atlas Cross Sport is available in 5 trim ranges.
Built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Atlas duo is predicted to be on sale within the fall of 2023. These midsizers symbolize six p.c of the U.S. market share for sport utes, and compete with the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, amongst others.
What’s new? Jim Burch, product supervisor for the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport, says that VW’s intent was to “continue to build on the successful blend of spaciousness, practicality and stylish design with an elegant new interior, eye-catching exterior changes, and a new-generation turbocharged engine.”
Significant inside upgrades refresh the cabin with extra premium supplies, new know-how, and extra consolation and comfort options. The upscale cockpit design is punctuated by a floating infotainment display screen, a redesigned middle console, customary three-zone local weather management, and an accessible Fender-brand premium audio system. There are interesting soft-touch surfaces and accessible quilted leather-based seats with a cultured diamond sample. Plus, the inside will be accented with 30-color ambient lighting and a backlit sprint. Standard cabin options embrace a heated steering wheel, ventilated entrance seats, leather-based seating surfaces, and voice management. Heated rear seats can be found.
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Bumping up the know-how expertise are new screens on each trim stage, with a 12-inch middle show in addition to a ten.25-inch totally configurable instrument panel. Available are head-up show, wi-fi charging, wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a splash cam. Owners may also get pleasure from a bevy of USB-C ports.
Exterior modifications embrace a transfer to LED headlights, adaptive entrance lighting, entrance and rear mild bars, and accessible illuminated entrance logos.
entrance and light-weight bars, with LED rear lighting that has a brand new mild strip design and a rear diffuser together with 18-inch wheels.
Also new is a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine rated at 269 horsepower; it’s mated it to an eight-speed computerized transmission. Both the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport are EPA rated at a mixed 23 mpg. Atlas’s accessible 3.6-liter V6 has been dropped for 2024.
On the street, each the Atlas and Cross Sport profit from the brand new engine’s low-end torque, although there’s ample energy accessible throughout a broad vary of driving situations.
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The Cross Sport feels barely extra maneuverable than the bigger Atlas–it’s considerably lighter–however each steer with accuracy and deal with twisty roads with a level of sportiness. Strong, firm-feeling brakes add to the athleticism.
Of observe: consumers can match three automotive seats throughout the second row of the Atlas and hold them in place with a tumble-forward function to entry the third row with good accessibility.
The customary safety-equipment checklist is complete. Volkswagen’s IQ.Drive driver-assistance suite contains all of the anticipated gear, together with lane-keep help, rear-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise management the works in stop-and-go visitors.
The special-edition Atlas Peak mannequin has extra rugged styling components than lesser trim ranges, and derives its normal look from the Atlas Base Camp idea revealed in 2019.
Standard on the Peak is AWD, 18-inch black alloy wheels with aggressive all-terrain tires, black and silver physique cladding, and black-out exterior particulars. Colors accessible solely on the Peak are Avocado Green and Pure Grey. The Peak begins at $46,555.
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