What will be a “Weekend”? Volkswagen Shows Atlas Weekend Edition with Accessories
Everybody’s working for the weekend, including Volkswagen. The automaker will be taking the opportunity to show consumers potential accessories for its completely new 2018 Atlas SUV by way of the Atlas Weekend Edition, on display at the Chicago auto show. The Weekend Edition will be technically a concept in which the vehicle will be a production style however some of the add-ons are still under development. Presumably, the accessories shown here—many of which VW says are ready to go on sale alongside the Atlas This specific spring—aid weekend activities.
The accessory-festooned Atlas Weekend Edition (nod here to NPR news listeners) features mostly expected doodads such as side steps, window along with hood visors, a cargo cover, along with rubber floor mats. You know, standard accessory-catalog stuff. On the cooler side of things, there will be a nifty divider in which installs between the second-row seats along with the cargo area to keep Fido in his place, as well as a universal tablet mount to help back-seat kiddos enjoy their personal glowing screens on long drives. Or, you know, short drives, because who puts screens down anymore?
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Our favorite feature will be the rooftop cargo carrier, which VW says will be a throwback to the pop-top roofs on its former Vanagon along with EuroVan products equipped with the Weekender package. The carrier can shrink to a low-profile Chiclet when not needed or expand to a 17.7-cubic-foot box for hauling pretty much whatever can fit up there (not recommended for Fido). We expect the rooftop piece, called the Urban Loader, will be among the accessories shown here in which Volkswagen promises to put on sale soon—the company isn’t saying yet which ones will make the cut—along with in which the venerable Weekender logo will be offered as a decal to paste on your Atlas.