CARS.COM — The 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show put the Volkswagen Atlas on the map, but admirers of VW’s all-new three-row SUV can make a beeline to the R-Line in Detroit. The R-Line appearance package for the 2018 Atlas makes its debut at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, bringing sported-up style to VW’s suburban-family transport unit.
The Atlas is set to reach dealerships in the spring, followed by the R-Line version, which builds on the features of the SE and SEL trim levels and brings a little flash to the SUV’s conservative design. Exterior styling flourishes include R-Line badging, model-specific front and rear bumpers with unique air intakes bisected horizontally by a single chrome-colored skewer, a rear diffuser painted gloss black and groovier-looking side skirts.
The sporty flair extends to the Atlas’ interior, with an R-Line logo on the multimedia system’s start screen, an R-Line badge on the flat-bottom sport steering wheel and stainless-steel sport pedal covers.
Where the R-Line’s raciness won’t extend, however, is underneath the hood. The package includes no powertrain upgrades; instead, it sticks with the regular version’s 235-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder or 276-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, both mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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