Is A 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Hybrid in the Works?

November 29th, 2016 by

2018 Volkswagen AtlasThe 2018 Volkswagen Atlas will go on sale in the spring of next year here at Larry Roesch Volkswagen, but so far Volkswagen has only detailed the powertrains of gas powered models. The media is speculating that the Atlas will also be sold with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, though. We’re taking a closer look at this rumor to learn more.

A Plug-In Hybrid Crossover Is Possible

There is good reason to think that the Volkswagen Atlas might eventually be sold as a plug-in hybrid electric model. The Atlas is directly descended from the CrossBlue concept, a three-row crossover that Volkswagen created as a fully functional prototype. The CrossBlue concept uses a 2.0L turbocharged diesel four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors, to result in a total output of 305-hp and 516 lb.-ft. of torque. It could also travel up to 14 miles on electricity alone, and have a range of up to 661 miles total, according to VW.

That kind of powertrain would no doubt be appealing to many drivers in Schaumburg and Chicagoland. That said, Volkswagen has revealed no plans to release this model. In fact, there are no plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from Volkswagen on the market here in the United States. In Europe the brand does sell a plug-in hybrid electric version of the Golf and the Passat, both called GTE. That indicates that VW does have a production plug-in hybrid electric powertrain it could use for the Atlas.

At this point we’ll just have to wait and see if the automaker decides to sell the largest SUV in its lineup with a hybrid or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Atlas Powertrain

Right now we know that the Volkswagen Atlas will be sold with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front wheel drive. The standard engine will be a 2.0L four-cylinder engine good for 238-hp. All-wheel drive will optional with a 3.6L VR6, and together they’ll deliver 280-hp performance.

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