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2018 Volkswagen Atlas easily navigates a Canadian winter

Volkswagen's new three-row crossover SUV laughs at winter.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
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Volkswagen's new three-row crossover SUV will arrive at dealers this spring.

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Two engines will be available in the Atlas, including a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter V6.

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The turbocharged four-cylinder engine will produce 235 horsepower, and be connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The Atlas' turbocharged four-cylinder will only be available with front-wheel drive.

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A 3.6-liter V6 with 276 horsepower will serve as the more powerful engine option.

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Volkswagen's 4Motion all-wheel-drive system will only be available with the 3.6-liter V6 engine.

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To improve fuel economy, the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system primarily drives only the front wheels. At the first sign of wheel slip, the unit will then engage the rear wheels.

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A Drive Mode Selection system lets drivers adjust the all-wheel-drive system to handle Snow, Normal, Offroad and Custom Offroad.

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The eight-speed automatic transmission is supplied by Aisin.

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Volkswagen says the Atlas will target the Ford Explorer and Honda Pilot. Click or swipe through for a bunch more images.

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