Volkswagen Atlas Getting TDI, But Only for Russia
Diesel-Powered SUV Built in Tennessee for Export
Some of you have expressed your undying fondness for Volkswagen’s peppy, efficient TDI diesel models, the EPA scandal notwithstanding. However, the future of diesel for the VW brand in the U.S. does not look good, with both the U.S. and global brand CEOs saying diesel in the U.S. is essentially dead. The new three-row Atlas SUV was originally slated to receive a diesel option, but those plans abruptly changed in the wake of the massive TDI scandal and EPA settlement. However, you’ll still be able to buy a diesel-powered Atlas—if you live in Russia. Automotive News reports the Atlas will be built in VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant for export to Russia starting at the end of 2017.
The Atlas is the largest light-duty vehicle VW has ever sold. Markets for the Atlas will likely be limited to North America, Russia, and possibly the Middle East. Russia’s vehicle tastes differ from those of Western Europe, favoring larger vehicles, thanks to cheaper fuel prices. Engine choices for the U.S.-spec Atlas model will be limited to a 2.0L I-4 GDI turbo and a 3.6L naturally aspirated narrow-angle VR6. Both engines will be mated exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Source: Automotive News