2021 Volkswagen Atlas in Elgin, IL

2021 Volkswagen Atlas parked by the seashore.

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas brings a slew of hotly anticipated changes to the beloved three-row SUV. Alterations to be exterior will be immediately apparent to the dedicated observer, while the interior is rife with delightful new touches. All-wheel drive is now available with every engine option (instead of just the V-6), and some exciting new technology gets thrown in as well.

Behind the changes, the 2021 Atlas carries forward the enticing elements that fans of the model already know and love. For specifics, continue your reading experience down below the fold.

New Three-Row SUV in Elgin, IL

Redesigned Exterior

The facelift bestowed on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas brings it into closer similarity with the more recently released Atlas Cross Sport two-row SUV. Front and rear bumpers are reshaped, adding three inches of length to the machine.

Chrome lines span the width of the car, flanked by designer LED headlights that convey more angular and aggressive vibes than models past. Despite similarities, the 2021 Atlas sets itself apart from the Cross Sport through the implementation of a different design on its lower air intakes.

Expanded All-Wheel Drive Capability

Those in search of greater capability will be pleased to find that all-wheel drive is newly available on the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This is in addition to its availability on the optional 276-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that was in-place for years past. Both powerplants come paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fresh Technology

Finally, a bevy of exciting technology is being added on to the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. This includes the updated VW Car-Net app, which allows users to lock and unlock doors, honk the horn, view their vehicle’s location and remote-start their VW through their phone.

There are also newly optional driver-assistance features, including traffic jam assist and road sign display. A new steering wheel is outfitted with the modern VW logo, a logo that’s also visible on the exterior of the 2021 Atlas. Inhabitants of the interior will enjoy spacious legroom, even in the third row, allowing seating for up to seven.

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