• The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is displayed at an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is displayed at an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

  • Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen's North America region, introduces the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas during an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Hinrich Woebcken, CEO of Volkswagen's North America region, introduces the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas during an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

  • The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is displayed at an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    The 2018 Volkswagen Atlas is displayed at an unveiling event Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

Volkswagen introduces new American-built 7-passenger SUV

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Volkswagen took a big step toward recovering from its emissions-cheating scandal by introducing a new seven-passenger SUV.

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The Atlas SUV gives VW an entry into the fastest-growing part of the U.S. market, something dealers had sought for years.

Volkswagen says the Atlas will have enough space for seven adults plus their luggage. Third-row seats can be reached easily with innovative folding second-row seats.

The SUVs come with two engine choices: A 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 238 horsepower or a 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Both have eight-speed automatic transmissions.

The Atlas also is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it has safety systems available including autonomous emergency braking.

The SUV arrives at dealers in the spring. Pricing wasn't announced. The Atlas will be made at a factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee.