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The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is built in America, for America

Volkswagen's first three-row crossover is a decidedly American affair.

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The three-row Atlas will be the largest Volkswagen ever assembled in the US.

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Two engines are on offer -- a 238-horsepower I4, or a 280-horsepower VR6. The sole transmission is an eight-speed automatic.

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Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available, too.

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The Atlas will come in five different trim levels.

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It's built on the MQB platform, same as the Audi TT and Volkswagen Golf, believe it or not.

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LED headlights and running lights are standard, with LED taillights available as an option.

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Standard infotainment tech includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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A number of safety features are on offer, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and automatic parking assist.

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The Atlas goes on sale in Spring 2017.

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It sort of looks like a German Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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The side is surprisingly muscular, with a strong shoulder line and some very well emphasized fenders.

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A good number of interior parts are borrowed from other VW vehicles.

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It's a fancy-ish affair that doesn't overcomplicate things.

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Space? The Atlas has plenty of it.

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The car will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

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Volkswagen debuted the Atlas at the Santa Monica Pier, the beginning of the famed US Route 66.

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Yes, Audi's Virtual Cockpit tech is coming along for the ride. In the Atlas, it's called Volkswagen Digital Cockpit.

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Do you have a surfboard instead of children? It'll fit!

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Do you have a weird kayak thing instead of children? That fits, too!

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I don't think you needed a picture to explain that two scuba tanks and flippers will fit in a three-row crossover, but here you go anyway.

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