Volkswagen has already announced it will sell a diesel-powered Atlas in Russia from 2017, but now the company’s head of fullsize product lines Elmar-Marius Licharz has revealed additional markets on the old continent might get it as well. In an interview with Autocar, Licharz admitted they are analyzing the prospects of doing a Europe-bound Atlas with a 190-hp version of the group’s familiar 2.0 TDI engine.

VW is concerned the 2017 Atlas might be too big to fit inside the typical European garage, so it’ll have to put a lot of thought into it and decide whether it would be the right move to bring the big SUV to Europe. That being said, Licharz believes there’s a market for the fullsize SUV in some European countries where the Atlas would peacfully coexist with the next-gen Touareg. If it will be given the green light, the Euro-spec Atlas will be built at the same Chattanooga factory in United States where there is enough spare capacity to handle the extra demand.

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The Atlas is being considered not just for some European markets, but also for the Middle East where Licharz believes the seven-seat SUV would make sense and it might turn out to be quite popular.

Meanwhile, the U.S. version of the MQB-based 2017 Atlas will go on sale next spring and is going to slot above the yet unreleased seven-seat Tiguan. It’s going to be Volkswagen of America’s largest model ever and will be offered with 238-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter and 280-hp naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter VR6 gasoline engines hooked up to an eight-speed automatic. The four-cylinder variant will have a front-wheel-drive layout whereas the beefier six-cylinder model is going to be available with a 4Motion setup.

Pricing details have not been disclosed, but Autocar mentions the three-row SUV is going to undercut the Touareg, which kicks off at $49,495 in U.S.

Source: Autocar

Gallery: 2018 Volkswagen Atlas

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