Atlas launches this Spring, but R-Line pack won't be available until later in the year.

Volkswagen's highly anticipated 2018 Atlas crossover is finally here – we saw it for the first time just a couple of months ago at the Los Angeles Auto Show. And while the new CUV won't go on sale in the U.S. until the Spring, Volkswagen is already offering a look at what's next for the Atlas: an R-Line trim, with sporty-ish visual cues inside and out.

Available on the SE and SEL models, the R-Line pack adds unique front and rear bumpers, new side skirts, and 20-inch wheels. Inside, the upgrades are limited to a small R clip on the steering wheel, stainless steel pedal covers, and a fancy R-Line logo that displays on the infotainment screen upon startup. 

Because it's an appearance pack offered on two models, buyers can get the R-Line treatment with either the four- or six-cylinder engines, and with front- or all-wheel drive. The four-cylinder model makes 235 horsepower and only comes with front-wheel drive, but opting for the 3.6-liter V6 nets you 276 hp, and the option to add AWD capability.

It's unclear exactly how much the R-Line package, since we don't have pricing for any Atlas models just yet. Expect that to be revealed closer to its launch this spring, with the R-Line option being added later this year. We'll be able to see the Atlas R-Line in person at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show next week.

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  • R-Line adds design enhancements to the Atlas SE and SEL trims
  • Performance-inspired upgrades include stylish 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels and stainless-steel pedals
  • Atlas goes on sale in the Spring, with R-Line package available later after launch

HERNDON, VA (January 5, 2017) — Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that it will offer the R-Line package on the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas. The new trim package augments the Chattanooga-built SUV’s sportiness with exterior and interior design elements that give it an even more dynamic appearance. The Atlas R-Line will be introduced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The R-Line package enhances the robust list of equipment in the Atlas SE and SEL trims—offering a full suite of connected vehicle services and driver assistance features—with performance-inspired treatments. The exterior styling details include 20-inch aluminum-alloy twin-spoke wheels; R-Line badging; unique front and rear bumpers that incorporate stylish air intakes at the front and a diffusor in glossy black paint at the rear; and side skirts.

Inside, the Atlas R-Line welcomes drivers with the R-Line logo on the start screen of Volkswagen’s Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB II). Other interior features include an R-Line steering wheel clip and stainless-steel sport pedal covers.

Like the standard Atlas model, the R-Line will be available in two engine options: a four-cylinder TSI® turbo with 235 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 276 horsepower. Both come standard with an eight-speed
automatic transmission. Volkswagen’s advanced 4Motion® all-wheel-drive system is available on V6 engined models.

The Atlas models will go on sale in the Spring of 2017, with the R-Line package going on sale later in the year.