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2021 Volkswagen Atlas features and powertrains broken down by trim level

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Volkswagen has announced the starting price of the 2021 Atlas will be unchanged from the 2020 model year - $31,545. The SUV is significantly refreshed for the new model year and features numerous upgrades and enhancements.

There are nine grades of the 2021 Atlas. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,020. Here's how they break down by trim level.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas S

The front-wheel drive Atlas S starts at $31,545 and features a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine. The all-whzeel drive variant, the Atlas S 4Motion starts at $33,445.

Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels; LED headlights, daytime running lights and taillights; rain-sensing wipers; heated side mirrors; cloth seating surfaces; auto-dimming rearview mirror; LED interior lighting; a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen, App-Connect and Bluetooth connectivity for compatible devices; and a rearview camera. Standard driver-assistance features include Front Assist and blind spot monitoring.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE

The SE trim builds on the offerings of the S grade and starts at $34,895 for the front-wheel drive model. The Atlas SE 4Motionn runs $36,795.

Standard features include: 18-inch machined wheels; keyless entry; leatherette seating surfaces; 10-way power driver's seat; heated front seats; tri-zone automatic climate control; an 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen, SiriusXM satellite radio (with three-month trial); wireless charging for compatible devices; two front and two rear USB ports plus one in the center console (for charging only); and a power liftgate.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SE with Technology

Volkswagen is pricing the 2021 Atlas SE with Technology at $36,895 to start for the 2.0-liter turbo-four models, and $38,295 for Atlases with the V6. All-wheel drive adds $1,900 to both powertrain options.

Standard features include: 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels; a hands-free rear liftgate; remote start; and 115-volt power outlet in the second row. Standard driver-assistance features include front and rear park distance control and adaptive cruise control) with stop and go functionality.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas with Technology R-Line

The Atlas SE with Technology R-Line models build on the previous trim with additional R-Line content. Volkswagen has priced them to starts at $39,695 for the V6 with front-wheel drive, and $41,595 for the available all-wheel drive model.

Standard R-Line features include: 20-inch twin five-spoke alloy wheels in a dark graphite color, black accented R-Line bumpers, signature R-Line badging, and stainless-steel pedal caps.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL

The Atlas SEL starts about $11,000 more than the base model at $42,295 for the V6 front-wheel drive variant and $42,395 for the four-cylinder all-wheel drive Atlas.

It builds on the SEL models build on the features of SE with Technology models and comes standard with LED headlights with an adaptive front-lighting; silver roof rails; driver's seat memory function; 8-way power passenger seat; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit; an infotainment system with navigation; panoramic sunroof; and the V6 Towing Package. Standard driver-assistance features include lane assist, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL R-Line

The SEL R-Line adds R-Line content to the SEL trim level. Its MSRP starts at $43,995 for the V6 with front-wheel drive and $45,895 for the V6 with all-wheel drive model.

Standard features include: 21-inch machined wheels; black accented R-Line bumpers; signature R-Line badging; and stainless-steel pedal caps.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium

The Atlas SEL Premium, builds on the SEL rather than the SEL R-Line. It starts at $47,195 for the four-cylinder model and is $48,995 for the V6 model.

Standard features include: All-wheel drive with torque vectoring technology; 20-inch machined wheels; leather seats; ventilated/heated front seats and heated rear seats; ambient lighting and a Fender audio system. Standard driver-assistance features include park assist and an area view camera.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas SEL Premium R-Line

SEL Premium R-Line is the top-tier model in the Atlas lineup. It biuilds on the SEL R-Line model and has a starting price of $50,695 when equipped with a V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Standard R-Line content includes: 21-inch machined wheels; black accented R-Line bumpers; signature R-Line badging; and stainless-steel pedal caps.

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The 1 millionth vehicle off the line was a red Passat.

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Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant is celebrating the 1 millionth vehicle to roll off its assembly line - Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line. The milestone was reached later than initially anticipated due to production shutdowns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's gratifying to me that our team is back to work and able to mark yet another key milestone since the opening of VW's Chattanooga plant," said Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "Part of us getting back to normal is taking time to recognize these important achievements which are only possible because of the hard work and commitment of our exceptional team here in Chattanooga."

2020 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen's plant employs approximately 3,800 people.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Before the Chattanooga plant opened, Volkswagen hadn't made a vehicle in the U.S. in 22 years following the closing of the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania.

The Passat got its start as a vehicle designed specifically for the North American market.

Ground was broken on the Tennessee plant in 2009 and in 2011 it began producing Passats. It currently employees approximately 3,800 people. In the last nine years, the plant has produced more than 700,000 Passats and 100,000 Atlas SUVs. The new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the refreshed 2021 Atlas recently began production.

The Chattanooga facility doesn't just produce vehicles for domestic sale. Chattanooga-assembled vehicles have been exported to Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and the Middle East.

Volkswagen has announced that the plant will be the company's North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles including the ID.4, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

Volksagen Chattanooga line The Chattanooga plant produces a number of vehicles.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen isn't just committed to the cars it produces in Chattanooga. The company has invested in its community too. Late last year, Volkswagen donated $1.25 million to The Conservation Fund to purchase land near the plant so it could be donated to the U.S. Forest Service.

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The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will debut on June 24.

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The Volkswagen what? You're not alone if you haven't heard of the Arteon. The model is easy to forget in a carscape that's crowded with a rich number of much more premium and luxury cars that compete directly with the model in the U.S. due to the car's high price point.

The Arteon is the successor to the Volkswagen CC. The company makes them in Germany and China. VW designed the car to be an upmarket offering.

2020 Volkswagen Arteon The current interior of the 2020 Arteon doesn't have the appointments or features of many modern premium and luxury cars, despite Volkswagen positioning the model to fit in with that crowd.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

It's a model that hasn't quite caught on with American audiences despite the popularity of other models in the Volkswagen lineup like the Atlas, Tiguan, and Jetta. In the first quarter of the year, Volkswagen sold under 800 Arteons. Alfa Romeo sold more than twice as many Giulias during that same time and Toyota sold that many RAV4s every 17 hours.

Volkswagen will debut a refreshed version of the Arteon on June 24. The 2021 Volkswagen Arteon will have a completely new cockpit area and feature a new roster of high-tech infotainment system functions.

It will also benefit from the addition of new safety and driver assist systems, including Travel Assist, which takes over steering, acceleration, and braking at speeds up to 130 mph. Further restrictions of the vehicle's capability will likely be forthcoming.

Additionally, Volkswagen will premiere the new Arteon shooting brake alongside the sedan. VW has already acknowledged that the U.S. isn't getting this version of the car. It's planned exclusively for Europe according to a release from the company.

With just the interior getting refreshed, the U.S. version of the car is likely to continue to have its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the 2020 model year, Volkswagen sold the car in the U.S. in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Plus. It was priced starting at $35,995.

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