2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition: Designed For The Great Outdoors Thanks To Its Accessories

Feb 11, 2017 11:55 AM EST | Andrew Davis

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition debuted at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show previewing an accessory lineup built specifically for its biggest vehicle. Although this is much a concept and not a production model, it still pretty much sells it, because simply VW can. Targeting families with an active lifestyle, VW wants them to buy the accessories made for the crossover.

The highlight of the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition is its cargo carrier, aptly referred to as "Urban Loader." It's a hard-shell, roof-mounted cargo box that can expand to swallow around 17.7 cubic feet of cargo. In order to reach the soft sides of the box, the vehicle has side steps to help you. Also, the carrier bars can be used to hold kayaks, bikes, skis, and other outdoor equipment. Hood protector, splashguard, and wheel locks also come with the car.

The front seats are equipped with a universal tablet mount. This is so passengers could enjoy while waiting to arrive at their destination on long drives. They can also utilize the in-car Wi-Fi to stay connected even on the go.

Meanwhile, there is a cargo divider that can be used to keep your pets in the rear, in case you want to separate them. Also, there is a trunk liner used to cover both the seatbacks and trunk, for improved protection.

The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition packs a 3.6-liter V6 engine, producing 280 horses and 260 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission, controlled by shift paddles and VW's 4Motion AWD system is spun by the six cylinders on all 4 wheels, according to Digital Trends.

Paying homage to VW's weekender packages such as the Eurovans and Vanagon, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition is relatively an Atlas crossover that is equipped with a whole bunch of accessories.

CNET reports that not every single part of the Weekend Edition will go on sale. These include the chunkier tires and LED light bars behind the grille.

Volkswagen is yet to officially announce pricing for the Atlas Weekend Edition. But 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition will hit retailers this spring.

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