The Atlas, launched in the USA in 2017, is based on the modular transverse toolkit (MQB) – one of the most innovative technical platforms in the automotive industry. The seven-seater SUV, which is 5,037 mm long, 1,979 mm wide and 1,768 mm high, is the largest MQB model to date. With this all-rounder, Volkswagen has successfully entered the key US segment of the mid-size SUV – a type of vehicle often favored by families. The Atlas is powered either by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine with 175 kW / 238 PS or by a VR6 unit with 206 kW / 280 PS. Optionally, the VR6 may be combined with four-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes: eight-speed automatic transmission, LED headlights and App-Connect as a smart phone interface. The Atlas is manufactured at the US plant in Chattanooga.