Three of Volkswagen’s newest models were featured prominently at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). First, was the Tiguan, a compact crossover vehicle previously introduced in 2007. Volkswagen also prominently displayed the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, their full-size sports utility vehicle. However, the car that generated the most “buzz” was the I.D. Buzz concept car.
The Tiguan uses the PQ35 platform developed for the Volkswagen Golf. The previous version of the Tiguan featured two rows of seating. However, in 2018 a third-row of seats will be standard on all front-wheel-drive versions of the car and optional on the all-wheel drive cars.
“I truly believe that this auto show marks a real turning point for Volkswagen in the United States, based on an upcoming strong product momentum with vehicles that are truly tailored to what American buyers want,” – Hinrich J. Woebcken, VW North America CEO
Optional on the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan are all the new Volkswagen safety systems: forward-collision warning, blind-spot detection, pedestrian monitoring, and lane-departure warnings.
Under the hood, the Tiguan sports a 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Direct-Injection Engine. This spunky little motor puts out 184 Horsepower and 221 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with a manual shifting mode.
The Atlas – Volkswagen’s Full-Size SUV
The Atlas is the largest vehicle Volkswagen produces on its Volkswagen Group MQB platform. Unlike some SUVs, the third-row seating comfortably accommodates adults. Despite the size, the Atlas drives more like a car than an SUV.
The 280 Horsepower, 3.6-Liter V6 engine produces plenty of power for acceleration and hill climbing. A 238 Horsepower four-cylinder engine will be an option for the Atlas, along with Volkswagen’s all-wheel drive system. All versions of the Atlas include an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Weekender edition of the Atlas offers amenities that remind one of the Vanagon (Microbus). Plenty of cargo space along with a built-in pet barrier makes road trips more comfortable. Carriers for skis, bikes, and other sports equipment make it easy to pack up for a weekend of fun. The 2018 Atlas is Volkswagen’s answer to the modern recreational vehicle.
The I.D. Buzz Reinvents the Classic VW Van
Volkswagen took their classic van and turned it on its head. First of all, the I.D. Buzz is all electric. Second, it offers autonomous driving. Third, it seats eight passengers. There is only a few things about the I.D. Buzz that resemble other Volkswagen models.
The I.D. Buzz runs on Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Drive Kit (MEB). The MEB has been in development since 2015 and is similar to what powers the Tesla. The Buzz can go 270 miles on one charge. With the I.D. Buzz, Volkswagen began their quest to reach 373 miles on a single charge. If they succeed, they will outperform all other European electric cars on the market.
Under the hood, the van’s two motors put out 369 Horsepower to its all-wheel drive system. This drive system is a departure from the rear-wheel design found on lesser Volkswagen models.