The much anticipated three-row VW Atlas SUV is going to arrive in showrooms this spring. To show off how the Atlas can be accessorized, VW is showing off the Atlas Weekend Edition this week at the Chicago Auto Show.
As a throwback to the “Weekender” packages offered on the classic Vanagon and Eurovan pop-up camper models. The Weekend Edition concept is based on an SEL Premium model and is powered by a 276-hp 3.6-liter VR6 engine that is mated to an eight-speed transmission and the 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
The Atlas Weekend Edition rides on gray 18-inch Prisma wheels and features a modern variation of the pop-up roof–the Urban Loader cargo box. When empty, the Urban Loader offers a sleek, minimized appearance; when needed for hauling, it can expand to a 17.7 cubic-foot container. In addition, the Weekend Edition features base carrier bars for attaching accessories for skis, snowboards, kayaks or bikes.
Inside the special Atlas features a pet-friendly cargo divider behind the second row, so that pets can ride in comfort. The Weekend Edition’s second row also features a universal tablet mount and the tablets can use the available Media Control feature using Wi-Fi technology for Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.