For millions of Americans, SUVs and crossover-utility vehicles have become the hip alternatives to the classic minivan. But maybe not hip enough, when seven-seaters like the new Volkswagen Atlas are largely used to shuttle kids to school and soccer practice.
So, automakers have been looking for ways to spice things up a bit, and VW is joining that fray by adding a new R-Line package for the big Atlas that will soon start to roll out of the maker’s U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
However, what the maker refers to as “performance-inspired” upgrades are really more show than go, the VW Atlas R-Line sharing the same two engine options and eight-speed gearbox, as well as suspension and other settings found on the base version of the new utility vehicle. (more…)