This new full-size tall wagon from Volkswagen will go on sale by mid-2017. The Atlas name was apparently picked because it’s short and obviously easy to pronounce, unlike the Tiguan and Touareg names that belong to the other wagons in the VW lineup. The new seven-passenger model that will be built at VW’s Tennessee plant will be available with an all-new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, or optional 280-horsepower V-6. That’s right, there will be no diesel for this model or any other VW vehicle for the 2017 model year. A hybrid version might be in the works, however.

The new Volkswagen Atlas slots above the Tourareg tall wagon as the company’s largest passenger vehicle. (PHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN)

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