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VW Atlas Weekend Edition Concept Cues Up for Campers

VW Atlas Weekend Edition Concept Cues Up for Campers

By Philly Murtha, February 09, 2017

This week, Volkswagen will demonstrate road-trip-worthy features in its VW Atlas Weekend Edition SUV concept. The versatile variant concept, which will debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, is based on the German automaker’s all-new 2018 Atlas midsize crossover SUV that arrives in U.S. showrooms this spring. It features modern elements taken from VW’s microbus heritage.

Innovative new cargo and entertainment solutions take advantage of VW’s Vanagon and Eurovan pop-up camper heritage, according to the company. The Weekend Edition Atlas concept is based on the SEL Premium trim level and is powered by a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that produces 276 horsepower when matched with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive.

2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition front quarter left photoThe Atlas Weekend Edition concept rides on 18-in. wheels finished in anthracite gray. A modern version of the pop-up roof is featured in what VW calls an Urban Loader cargo box that rides on the roof rack and can expand to become a 17.7-cu. ft. container.

Special carrier bars for attaching accessories, skis, snowboards, kayaks, or bikes are part of the package, along with side steps to help small children enter the vehicle. Other built-ins include window and hood deflectors, heavy-duty trunk liner with covers for seat backs, privacy cargo cover, all-weather floor mats, splashguards, and wheel locks. Most of the special accessories will be available through dealerships, according to a company statement.

VW’s 2018 Atlas Weekend Edition concept’s cabin includes a cargo divider to provide a safe barrier behind the second row. Also, the SUV’s second row includes a universal mount that allows passengers to secure any touch-screen tablet that can be connected to the available media center that uses Wi-Fi technology for all smartphones and devices. The new VW SUV will be built at the company’s Chattanooga, TN, plant.


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