As previously covered by GM Authority, the refreshed 2024 Volkswagen Atlas was unveiled at the 2023 Chicago Auto Show, and will continue to serve as a competitor to the Chevy Traverse. Also revealed at the Chicago Auto Show was the 2024 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport coupe-like crossover, which received the same revisions as the 2024 Atlas. As such, the revised 2024 Atlas Cross Sport will continue to serve as a rival to the Chevy Blazer.
The most notable upgrade for the mid-cycle refresh of the German crossover was the overhauled interior. The entire cockpit has been finished in premium materials, including a leatherette-trimmed soft-touch dash and center console. The driver- and passenger-door trimmings seamlessly merge into the dash panel, a design cue that is mirrored in the second row. The available ambient lighting allows owners to choose between 30 color colors, while the range-topping models feature diamond-pattern, quilted leather seats.
This reworked interior is flattered by a slew of upgraded technology features. This includes a 12-inch floating infotainment display and a standard 10.25-inch fully configurable Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro driver instrument cluster. VW’s IQ.DRIVE hands-on semi-automatic driver assistance feature, a competitor to the GM Super Cruise driver assistance technology, is also equipped as standard affair.
On the outside, the 2024 Atlas Cross Sport and Atlas both feature new front and rear fascias. Both German crossovers boast a wide chrome four-bar grille that is framed by LED headlights with the standard adaptive front lighting system, as well as daytime running lights that wrap around the headlights and integrated air intakes. At the rear, both models feature a larger spoiler, while all but base trims receive an illuminated light bar and VW logo.
As for wheel options, all trim levels receive new wheel designs ranging from 18 to 20 inches, with machined alloy and black finishes available.
In regards to powertrain specifications, the 3.6L VR6 gasoline engine was been dropped from the lineup. As such, the only powerplant available is a reworked turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that now produces 269 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Notably, this is quite comparable to the outgoing VR6, which developed 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet. An eight-speed automatic transmission and FWD are standard – with AWD available as an option – while towing capacity remains at 5,000 pounds.
“The Atlas was the first modern Volkswagen designed, engineered and produced specifically for American buyers, and since its debut, it has become a major player in the U.S. market,” said president and CEO of Volkswagen of America Pablo Di Si. “The refreshed Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport continue to build on that success, with an elegant new interior and a sophisticated turbocharged engine that improves both performance and the driving experience.”
More details, including start of production (SORP) and pricing, have yet to be announced.
As aforementioned, the Chevy Blazer serves as a direct competitor to the current Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Chevy’s midsize crossover just received a mid-cycle refresh for the 2023 model year, which featured updated front and rear fascias, a few minor safety tech updates, and a revised trim lineup.
In regards to powertrain specifications, the 2023 Blazer is available with two engine choices. These powerplant options include the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, rated at 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, rated at 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, while FWD is standard and AWD is optional.
It’s worth noting that the LSY engine is standard on 2LT, 3LT and Premier trim levels, while the LGX engine is standard on the RS trim and available as an option on the 3LT and Premier trims.