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Refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Atlas to start at the same price as 2020 model

Volkswagen has significantly refreshed the Atlas for the 2021 model year.

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The refreshed 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will start at $31,545, the same price as the 2020 model, despite a number of enhancements. The new model is also three inches longer than the previous edition though that doesn't translate into any more passenger space.

Volkswagen's 2021 Atlas features new front and rear bumper styling, headlight and taillight designs with standard LED lighting, and a new grille that is similar to what is on the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross.

Buyers can get the Atlas in two powertrains: a 276-hp V6 and a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbo-four. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with either engine. Previously, all-wheel drive was not available with the 2.0-liter engine.

Upgrades to the interior include a new steering wheel, available contrast stitching on leather seating surfaces and door trim, and an 8-inch infotainment screen on all models except the base S trim. All 2020 Atlas Cross models have next-gen Car-Net telematics and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian monitoring, blind spot monitor, and rear traffic alert are standard on all models.

Click here to see the full trim level feature list breakdown.

The 2021 Volkswagen Atlas will be available in eight trim levels and is expected to begin arriving at Volkswagen dealers the spring.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

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With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-V The new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-V The HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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