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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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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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The 2022 Hyundai Tucson takes what you know about the model and kicks it up more than just one notch.

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Hyundai sells more Tucsons than any other model, and not just in the U.S. The global best-seller has been reborn with striking new looks and high-tech innovation that, on the surface, squarely put it at odds with the budget-conscious most of the models it competes against.

The 2022 Hyundai Tucson will be sold in short- and long wheelbase models worldwide.

Designers continues the Sensuous Sportiness language first put forth in the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and continued in the 2021 Hyundai Elantra in the new Tucson. At its front are Parametic Hidden Headlights that incorporate the daytime running lights and their housing into the grille of the vehicle. Here, it's realized as a "T" shape the that is similar to the new fascia on the refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe. The automaker says that the lights are only visible when they are illuminated.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Numerous creases are featured on the body of the car.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The crease-heavy body styling continues from the hood and down the sides of the compact SUV giving the model looks beyond your typical jellybean-shaped mommy hauler.

At the rear, a body-width taillight incorporates half-hidden triangular shapes that are only visible when lit. The Hyundai logo has been moved from its traditional place and and is now integrated into the rear glass. In turn, the wiper is now hidden under the car's spoiler.

Hyundai will sell the gasoline-powered versions of the model in seven paint colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, Nocturne Gray, Amazon Gray, Flame Red, and Intense Blue, six of which are new for Tucson. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid models offer the following four colors: White Cream, Phantom Black, Shimmering Silver, and Intense Blue, three of which are new for Tucson.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Hyundai's new Tucson design is sleek yet sharp.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Tucson will be powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. It achieves 187 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. These figures give the engine more horsepower than either of the two engines in the 2020 model and 31 pound-feet more torque than that year's base 2.0-liter four-cylinder.

A more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder will be available. That same 1.6-liter engine is also able to be matched with hybrid (HEV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology. Each engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 1.6-liter hybrid engine alone achieves 178 horsepower. When coupled with the battery and elector motor, the overall output increases to 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, far surpassing anything offered in the last-gen Tucson.

Hyundai will employ its first-in-class E-Handling technology for HEV and PHEV models. All-wheel drive is available on the Tucson and comes with a number of drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Smart, Sport, Mud, Sand and Snow (not available in all markets).

2022 Hyundai Tucson The car features very distinct design lines.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The roster of safety technology on the Tucson is impressive. It includes: highway driving assist, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot view monitor, blind-spot collision warning, surround view monitor, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, remote smart parking assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning. Blind spot collision avoidance assist with rear cross-traffic alert and assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and safe exit warning are also available.

Hyundai designers strived to give the 2022 Tucson a serene and spacious interior. Like in the Nissan Ariya, the model was crafted to seamlessly blend space, technology, and information. The layered waterfall effect of the dashboard combines traditional horizontal lines with curves to draw the eye upward and downward without the feeling of space segregation. This space is marked by twin silver garnish lines that flow from the center fascia to the rear doors. Sixty-four color ambient mood lighting is adjustable in 10 levels of brightness.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Angular taillights are a unique design highlight.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The center stack houses twin 10.25-inch touch screens with split-screen and multi-tasking capabilities in the top Tucson trim level. A multi-air ventilation system and a hoodless digital gauge cluster are also present. An 8.0-inch infotainment screen is standard and features wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology. A Bose Premium audio system is available.

Hyundai has given the Tucson its Digital Key technology, which uses an app to turn a user's smartphone into a smart key. This technology also debuted on the 2020 Sonata.

The company's car-to-home functionality allows customers to control smart home appliances from their car. Similarly, Tucson's new Multi-Command function allows customers to "warm-up the car"— including heating system, heated steering wheel and seat warmers—with a single voice command while at home.

2022 Hyundai Tucson A wraparound dashboard gives the model a sense of spaciousness.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The Tucson is the first Hyundai vehicle to have the company's new air conditioning technology.

Hyundai engineers have designed the Tucson's second-row seats to feature fold-and-dive functionality. This allows for 38.7 cubic feet of cargo space. This is about the same amount as the cavernous Honda CR-V.

The first deliveries of the Tucson will happen in Korea in September. The U.S. will have to wait until the first half of 2021 for the model.

Hyundai has plans to introduce a Tucson N Line model globally at a date to be announced.

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