2018 Volkswagen Atlas Review: Powertrain Makes It The Best Competition Against Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot

Nov 04, 2016 05:10 AM EDT | Leian N.

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Ever since the company experienced the diesel emissions crisis, they have been banking on a huge comeback in the automobile market. With that said, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas was taken out for a test drive, which made it a fit contender against the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and the Honda Pilot. What are the specs?

First and foremost, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is an all-wheel drive vehicle that was inspired by the brand's transverse MQB platform, which was a collaborative effort of the VW and Golf along with the new Tiguan model.

The Specs

The base engine of the model will be powered by 2.0L, turbocharged I-4, which can generate up to 238hp. There will also be an option to choose the 3.6L engine, which will be an aspirated VR6, which could generate 280hp which is the most competitive choice with respect to market competition.

Both of these engines were accustomed to the eight-speed automatic though the 4motion all-wheel drive may only be availed of from the VR6 version, according to Motor Trend.

The six-cylinder-powered prototype was said to be a crossover of up to gravel-road speeds with reasonable authority with two people riding the vehicle. Furthermore, the interiors were deemed to be roomy and have a third-row plus second-row seats. Its dimensions were lodged at 77.9 inches which are like that of the Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder.

The Pricing

Pricing for the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas has not been confirmed by the company but will probably be ranked similarly to that of the Ford Explorer and the Honda Pilot - two its best competition in the market, according to Jalopnik.

With the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas coming along, reports revealed that the company may be offering affordable prices and discounts mainly due to its gas emissions scandal. Will the model be the redemption vehicle for the company?

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