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Refreshed Volkswagen Atlas gets bolder design, interior upgrades for 2021

Volkswagen has made upgrades to the Atlas, filling it with high-tech features.

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Volkswagen has refreshed its seven-seater SUV, the Atlas. For the 2021 model year, the model has gotten a bolder face, interior enhancements, and high-tech upgrades.

"The Atlas has been a huge success story for Volkswagen of America, helping us to position the brand with a greater emphasis on the family-friendly SUVs that consumers are buying," said Scott Keogh, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. "This refreshed model brings all the functionality of the previous model, and ups the ante with new technology and more style."

2021 Volkswagen Atlas The Atlas is three-inches longer for the 2021 model year.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

While the Atlas's underpinnings are the same, the 2021 model is three inches longer than the 2020 version because of new front and rear bumper designs. There's also new headlight and taillight designs that include LEDs. Unique bumpers, side skirts, 20- and 21-inch wheels, and R-line badging are available.

VW has also upgraded the Atlas's interior saying that it's now more comfortable than before and it delivers a more connected user experience. The long list of upgrades includes: a new steering wheel, available contrast-stitching on the leather seating surfaces and door trim, and an 8-inch Composition Media infotainment system on all models but the base S trim. Other available features include the Volkswagen Digital Cockpit, Fender Premium Audio System, ambient lighting, tri-zone Climatronic climate control, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, wireless charging, and remote start.

The SUV also comes with VW's next-gen Car-Net telematics system. The system includes an updated mobile app, a long list of no-charge services for five years, and a variety of subscription options for customer flexibility—including in-car Wi-Fi capability when you subscribe to a data plan. The Car-Net hot spot connects with up to four devices simultaneously.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas V6 Atlas models can tow up to 5,000 pounds.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

Volkswagen offers the Atlas equipped with a number of standard driver assistance technologies including forward collision warning and emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, and rear traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane keeping assist, park distance control, park steering assistant, a bird's eye view camera, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road signs display are available.

Buyers can choose between an Atlas equipped with a new 235-horsepower turbo-four engine or a 276-horsepower V6 one. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available with both engines. V6 models can tow up to 5,000 pounds, when equipped with the V6 Towing Package.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas Volkswagen has upgraded the models comfortability.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

More details and pricing will be announced ahead of the launch in the Spring of 2020.

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The new Range Rover builds on the current 2020 Range Rover Sport SVR offering.

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The 2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition is the pinnacle of the Range Rover Sport lineup for the new model year. The SUV blends familiar details with stunning horsepower to up the ante for buyers.

The Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition is part of the Special Vehicle Operations family of vehicles. It's a growing part of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) operation, with over 9,500 high-performance and luxury SV products retailed in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, up 64 percent from the previous year. JLR's best-selling SV SUV last year was the 575-horsepower Range Rover Sport SVR, which saw sales growth in its fifth year of production.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition Land Rover offers the model with a powerful V8 under the hood.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

This take on that best-seller delivers more aggressive looks thanks to an expensive infusion of carbon fiber on the body of the vehicle. There's an exposed carbon fiber hood center section, front bumper insert surrounds, main grille and vent surrounds, as well as a range of other carbon fiber exterior design details, carbon fiber interior trim finishers, a carbon fiber engine cover and 22-inch Gloss Black forged alloy wheels.

The model is powered by a 575-horsepower 5.0-liter SVR V8 engine. The beating heart gives the car a maximums speed of 176 mph, the ability to get form zero to 60 mph in 4.3 second, and 516 pound-feet of torque. It gets 15 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 16 mpg combined.

Despite it's fancy looks, the all-wheel drive Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition is just as capable off-road as its familial counterparts. It comes with a bevy of drive modes that improve vehicle dynamics depending on driving conditions as well as an air suspension at all four corners to help keep the riders comfortable and provides the ability to keep a low profile.

2021 Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR Carbon Edition The model rides on standard v22-inch Gloss Black forged alloy wheels.Photo courtesy of Land Rover

Land Rover is pricing the model at $130,000 plus a $1,350 destination fee.

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The new Lotus Digital Instrument Pack is perfect for a track day.

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Life at the track in your Lotus is getting easier thanks to the company's new Digital Instrument Pack. The digital dashboard features integrated GPS technology and lap performance indicators allowing drivers to measure, display, and record data.

The system is designed for Lotus Elise and V6 Exige models that were built from 2008 to today.

It comes loaded with the details of 4,127 race tracks worldwide and, using GPS technology, automatically recognizes when a driver is near a track. Drivers are able to download start/finish line co-ordinates so they can calculate lap times, then analyze their performance in real time on the digital display or later by downloading data to a laptop.

Lotus Digital Instrument Pack

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The system's branded start-up imagery appears on the display of the high-contrast six-inch TFT screen. The pack features a camera input that allows drivers to add a portable action camera that would capture the action from each lap.

Chris Hinks, Aftersales Director, Lotus, said the Digital Instrument Pack is designed for drivers who want to take their Lotus track day experience to the next level, "We know our customers appreciate the motorsport heritage of Lotus cars and love to use their own vehicles on track days. Integrating a Digital Instrument Pack into an Elise or Exige is only going to enhance that experience."

The pack fits into the Elise or Exige dashboard, seamlessly. It replaces the original factory instrumentation.

Lotus is making the pack available in all markets where the two cars are sold. In the U.K., the pack is priced at £1,470 including VAT and a fitting service is available at an extra cost. When fitted by a Lotus retailer the pack is covered by a two-year warranty. Prices in other markets will vary.

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