2021 Volkswagen Atlas facelift: Big SUV made longer, but less blocky

The Volkswagen Atlas (affordable, Germanic, spacious) has a been a hit in the US although it has all the styling of a brick. The 2021 facelift fixes that.

Well, a bit.

The front now has rounder LED headlamps (from the Atlas Cross Sport), a bolder 3 bar grille (also from the Cross Sport), and it looks a bit more like the last generation Touareg.

There’s also redesigned LED taillamp graphics, and a new set of bumpers (front and rear) that add 3″ (76mm) to the car’s length.

The R-Line trim is available throughout the range and features more aggressive (read: sporty) bumpers, side skirts, and 20″ or 21″ wheels depending on the grade.

Every grade level is available with either a 236hp (176kW) 2L turbo I4 or 276hp (206kW) 3.6L V6, increasing choice but simplifying the model walk. FWD or AWD is available on all models.

Newly available features include CarNet telematics, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, traffic jam assist, and dynamic road sign display (already available on the 5 seat Atlas Cross Sport).

The facelifted Atlas goes on sale in the US during the spring 2020. Pricing will be announced then.