While the 2024 Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport obtained upgraded applied sciences in numerous areas — bigger infotainment and digital instrument cluster screens, a extra highly effective turbocharged engine, a driver help suite that’s now normal — relating to its management switches, it’s reverting again.
VW designers ditched a deliberate steering wheel with capacitive controls in favor of conventional buttons. The last-minute program change, which got here too late to impression the problematic contact controls on the Atlas’ dashboard mounted controls, follows a directive from new model head Thomas Schäfer, who stated the model wanted to “create a new simplicity in operating our vehicles.”
Jim Burch, product supervisor for the Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport with VW of America, stated the capacitive controls in earlier fashions — together with the Tiguan — didn’t endear themselves to customers, who discovered themselves by chance altering settings, particularly on the steering wheel.
“It’s something that we’re well aware of from customer feedback and everyone’s working towards improving these features and making it more user-friendly,” Burch stated.
For 2024, VW is including a Peak Edition look trim, which it debuted at this 12 months’s New York auto present. The addition will give Atlas six trim ranges in all, with front-wheel drive normal on the bottom SE and SE with Tech trims, and all-wheel drive normal on the highest 4 trims. Atlas pricing will begin at $39,075, together with supply. The two-row Atlas Cross Sport can have 5 trim ranges for 2024, following the identical fwd/awd cut up, with pricing beginning at $38,065.