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Canada’s 2020 VW Atlas And Atlas Cross Sport Getting Standard AWD, 2.0T Models Included

The 2020 Atlas Cross Sport will arrive in Canada in March and the 2020 Atlas in the second quarter.

The Canadian market’s appetite for all-wheel-drive vehicles is well known and automakers are adapting their lineups to reflect that.

Volkswagen is no exception and has announced that the all-new 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and refreshed 2020 Atlas will only offer all-wheel-drive versions when they arrive in Canada next year. VW will delete FWD entirely on its large SUVs, starting with the two-row Atlas Cross Sport in March 2020 and three-row Atlas in the second quarter next year.

The decision will mark the first time that an AWD variant of the Atlas is available with the smaller 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. Up until now, only the 3.6-liter V6 model offered all-wheel drive as an option.

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VW’s local subsidiary motivated the decision with the fact that the take rate on front-wheel drive in these products is “really low” in this market. “At the end of the day, when it came time to drive it off the lot, [buyers] said ‘I’ll take the all-wheel drive,’” Thomas Tetzlaff, manager of public relations for Volkswagen Canada, told Autonews Canada.

He added that the introduction of AWD for the four-cylinder engine will allow VW to offer it at a better price point and cater to more buyers.

Both the 2020 VW Atlas Cross Sport and 2020 VW Atlas will offer the same engine lineup in Canada, consisting of a 235 HP 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged four-cylinder and a 276 HP 3.6-liter V6. Both will come with AWD as standard, whereas in the United States customers can also have them with FWD.

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