What Are the Engine Specifications of the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

By Product Expert | Posted in Power, VW Atlas on Thursday, September 17th, 2020 at 4:19 pm
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If you are researching the Atlas for the first time, just know that the 2021 model year is the fourth model since the nameplate was introduced in 2018. In that short time, it has become a major tent pole for the Volkswagen family of SUVs. That success comes from the combination of its sleek design, forward-thinking design, size, and engine power. Find out the vehicle’s engine specifications by continuing to read below.

What Kind of Engine is in the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas?

The only way to answer this question is to acknowledge that there are two different engine options for the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas. Although neither one is diesel-powered, you will probably be surprised to learn just how much power each of these engines has. The engine in the base model and lower trim levels is a 2.0L I-4 turbo, while the higher trim levels get a 3.6L V6 engine.

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What Are the Engine Specs of the 2.0L Volkswagen Atlas Engine?

The more compact engine option is no pushover. First of all, 235 horsepower is nothing to laugh at, but it’s the torque that really impresses. Due to being a turbocharged engine, the torque is proportionally high, at 258 lb-ft of torque at 1600 RPM. This engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission to unlock its full potential.

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What Are the Engine Specs of the 3.6L Volkswagen Atlas Engine?

Although this engine has no turbocharger, it is ready to take your Atlas wherever you want it to go. If 276 horsepower isn’t enough for you, maybe you aren’t looking for an SUV. That much power is sure to get a fully loaded Atlas up to highway speeds with no issue. The 266 lb-ft of torque is welcome as well. Models with this engine and 4MOTION® AWD are sure to impress.