Tuesday, January 31, 2023
News 2021 Volkswagen Atlas To Ditch Front-Wheel Drive And Welcome AWD With Turbo-4

2021 Volkswagen Atlas To Ditch Front-Wheel Drive And Welcome AWD With Turbo-4

2021 Volkswagen Atlas will offer AWD as standard and make more affordable.

  • The new 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport’s styling lands on the Atlas SUV
  • Face-lifted VW Atlas will be a 2021 model year vehicle, skipping 2020
  • FWD versions no longer offered in Canada
  • Base model will be a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder with 4MOTION AWD

The arrival of the all-new Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport brings with it more than just a new nameplate and SUV to VW’s lineup. Its new face will be grafted onto the 3-row Atlas and introduce a few significant changes to the largest VW to ever where the logo.

To begin, the 2020 model year will be skipped altogether for the Atlas. Thus, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will arrive as in late spring/early summer in showrooms. The most notable change, other than the facelift is the elimination of a front-wheel drive version. The turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine sticks around but, unlike previous years, it will be offered with VW’s 4Motion AWD system as standard (whereas it was not offered at all).

The 2.0 TSI engine produces 235-horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, or only pounds fewer than the 3.6-litre V6 still on offer. The 2.0 TSI will be available in all trims except the top-line Execline which will solely be delivered with the V6. As such, with AWD as standard with the 4-cylinder renders a 4MOTION Atlas more affordable to the buying public.

The 2020 Volkswagen Cross Sport arrives next spring, just ahead of the 2021 Atlas.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport | Photo: Volkswagen

2019 Volkswagen Atlas
2019 Volkswagen Atlas | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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