Volkswagen has updated the Atlas and its Cross Sport sibling for 2024 with styling revisions and tech upgrades. Plus, the 3.6L VR6 engine has been let go for a 2.0L turbo engine. In other words, there’s only one powertrain for 2024. But I guess it’s not something very surprising, because, in the future, you gotta be able to do more with less. Pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in early Q3, 2023.
The styling revisions can be discovered at both ends. On both cars, a wide chrome four-bar grille is flanked by LED headlights with the new standard Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS). On all but base trims, the running lights wrap around the headlights and continue into an illuminated lightbar that sits atop an illuminated VW logo. A redesigned bumper rounds off the front-end treatment.
At the rear, all but base trims mimic the front light signature with an illuminated lightbar and VW logo sitting between the LED taillights. There’s also a larger roof spoiler, lengthening the overall roofline. The Atlas Cross Sport adds a more aggressive rear diffuser than the outgoing model, further differentiating the two models.
All trims get new wheel designs, ranging from 18- to 20-inches with machined alloy and black finishes available. R-line trims up the ante with a gloss-black grille, 21-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and signature R-line badging.
On the inside, the refreshed dashboard houses a 12-inch floating touchscreen, and you can also probably notice the illuminated model branding on the passenger side. And apparently, a 10.25-inch Digital Cockpit Pro comes standard on every trim, as are wireless App-Connect, wireless charging, and 6 USB-C ports (8 available) with 45-watt fast charging.
The IQ.DRIVE driver assistance technology featuring semi-automated driving capability is now standard as well. A head-up display and predictive Adaptive Cruise Control are optional extras.
Comfort features get a boost as well. A heated steering wheel with shift paddles, ventilated front seats and a height-adjustable passenger seat are now a standard fare, along with Climatronic automatic climate control and Voice Control. The center console is redesigned with a storage cubby underneath. Leather seating surfaces and heated rear seats are now available on a trim lower than previous models. Range-topping models feature quilted leather seats with a diamond pattern.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story then, as mentioned, the 2024 Atlas lineup in America will be powered solely by a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 201 kW (269 bhp/273 metric hp) and 370 Nm (273 lb-ft) of torque. The numbers are higher than what the VR6 offered, if that makes you feel any better. An 8-speed automatic gearbox drives the front wheels as standard, however, the 4Motion AWD system is optionally available on all trims. Towing capacity remains the same at 2,268 kg (5,000 lbs).