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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 all-electric ID.4 will help its pilot and navigator tackle the grueling race route.

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Off-road racing and endurance races are nothing new, but the Rebelle Rally's approach is unique. The event is the first all-women event of its kind in the U.S. and takes participants through severely challenging terrain with no electronic aids allowed for navigation. This year, Volkswagen is bringing its new ID.4 EV to the event to be piloted by driver Mercedes Lilienthal and navigator Emily Winslow.

Volkswagen ID.4 Mercedes Lilienthal and Emily Winslow will pilot the ID.4.Volkswagen

Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing modified the VW with new suspension system, tubular control arms, fabricated skid plates, battery protection, and other off-road-ready kit. The crossover has also been fited with a Thule roof rack and Yokohama Geolandar A/T tires.

The ID.4's battery and electric motor will remain untouched. That means a combined output of 295 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 82 kWh battery can deliver an EPA-estimated range of 249 miles on a charge, but keep in mind that the terrain the team will be tackling will have an impact on that number.

The 2021 event marks the sixth year for the all-women rally raid. Teams are faced with 1,400 miles of desert in Nevada and California, and must navigate the racecourse without the use of electronic guides, such as GPS or cell phones. From the start in Las Vegas to the finish in Glamis, CA, participants must use maps, compasses, and their own skill to navigate.

Volkswagen ID.4 Several modifications were made to the suspension and other components.Volkswagen

Even though it's the ID.4's maiden year on the market, the electric crossover has already had a successful run in motorsport. Earlier this year, another modified version of the vehicle competed in the NORRA Mexican 1000. It was also massaged by Tanner Foust Racing and Rhys Millen Racing, and VW notes that the ID.4 that we'll see in Rebelle Rally vehicle was improved using data from its first races.

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Interesting backstory

Volkswagen Bus part inspired popular dog toy

The classic VW Bus inspired one of the most popular dog toys of all time.

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Product designs sometimes take inspiration from the places we expect the least. Moments of genius are driven by finding solutions to unique problems, and as it turns out, that's exactly how we ended up with KONG. The beefy, durable dog chew toy is modeled after a Volkswagen Bus part.

Joe Markham's shop Markham needed a dog for security, but he unexpectedly got a chew-crazy pet.Volkswagen

KONG's inventor, Joe Markham, adopted a German Shepherd to help with security at his auto repair shop in downtown Denver, CO. The dog, while a great addition to the shop, came with a few bad habits. The dog's most worrisome hobby was chewing, which he would do with almost anything he could find, especially rocks. As you might imagine, chewing on rocks is not good for the dog's teeth. Markham needed a durable chew toy, but nothing seemed to work, from animal bones to radiator hoses.

The solution came from an unlikely place: While working on a 1960sVW Type 2 Bus, Markham discovered that the rubber axle stop made a perfect chew toy. The dog had gotten ahold of the rubber stop, and while he was chewing viciously, neither the stop nor his teeth were damaged.

The discovery led Markham to spend the next six years experimenting with various rubbers, sizes, and shapes for his dog toy. After working with rubber experts in Germany, the design was finalized and the KONG was born. The shape for the toy ended up being very close to that of the axle stop. The funky, bulbous design meant that the toy wouldn't bounce like a ball, and would instead flop around randomly, which is similar to the way that small animals run away from predators.

VW Bus axle stop The axle stop from a VW Bus inspired KONG's shape.Volkswagen

It's worth noting that you should not intentionally let your dog chew on any part of your vehicle. Even unused automotive parts can contain chemicals and other harmful materials that could make your dog sick or worse. This isn't a pitch to buy a KONG, just a warning about the hazards of car parts being used as dog toys.

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