Volkswagen has introduced the new Amarok, the larger and more advanced successor to the original 12-year-old German brand’s pickup truck. The new Volkswagen Amarok is intertwined with the latest Ford Ranger, designed and developed as part of a “global alliance” engineering program held in Australia, Germany and the United States. It is scheduled to be on sale locally by the end of 2022.
The Volkswagen Amarok offers a bold new look, a more luxurious interior with new digital features and nearly 30 driver assistance systems, along with a wider range of engines, including a 247 hp high-capacity V6 diesel engine and two different Mission four-wheel drive systems. 4 “.
Initial sales in the UK market will focus on the four-door double-cabin version, which comes in five trim levels: Standard and Lifestyle, with a more comprehensive off-road configuration: Panamericana, Aventur.
Volkswagen has confirmed that it will join the series next year, as part of a joint effort to make the Amarok Challenge a strong competitor to models such as the Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi Triton, and the Ford Ranger with which it shares the chassis. . , mechanical package and other key design elements.
Total sales of the original Amarok reached more than 830,000 units worldwide, so Volkswagen has high expectations for its successor in key markets that include Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Volkswagen has also equipped the Amarok with a more prominent design bar, which visually lengthens the cabin and gives the new model an extra touch of elegance over its predecessor.
The loading bin offers an increase in payload of up to 1160 kg. It can be secured with an electrically powered coil cover, similar to that shown on the Ford Ranger Wild Trac, and is operated either from the boot itself, from the inside or via a remote control via the key. The increase in capacity now allows the roof rack to carry loads of up to 350 kg – 150 kg more than before. Along the sides, the new Amarok gets larger cabins front and rear.
Volkswagen says the cargo compartment can accommodate a European side pallet between the rear wheel arches. New eye rings are also included that can each handle up to 500 kg of payload. Among the long list of options is a newly developed bicycle rack and what Volkswagen describes as a multifunctional transmission system. The tailgate is now marked with the Amarok name stamped on its metal surface.
The length of the new Volkswagen is 96 mm longer than before, at 5350 mm in the form of a double cabin, although its width is reduced by 34 mm to 1910 mm. Depending on the tire and wheel combination, the height is increased by 10 mm to 1888 mm. This is the wheelbase that has undergone the biggest change, although it has been extended by 173 mm to 3270 mm. In comparison, the Hilux measures 5330 mm in length, 1855 mm in width, 1815 mm in height and a wheelbase of 3085 mm.
The new Amarok is better suited for off-road driving than its predecessor, especially with its front and rear approach angles of 29 degrees and 21 degrees, respectively, while the angle of inclination is 21 degrees. Launch models are planned to receive 18-inch wheels as standard, though buyers will be able to choose optional wheels up to 21 inches in diameter.
Additional options include a factory-fitted bull bar, underscreens, drip eye rings and a snorkel attached to the A-pillar. Inside shares the Amarok dashboard interface elements and a touchscreen information entertainment screen (10.0 inches as standard, with taller models getting a 12-inch unit). ) and various controls with Ranger.
Volkswagen has made a concerted effort to give the Amarok an allure of its own, with features such as the unique leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, digital instrument graphics, center console switches and gear lever, as well as various materials for those used by Ford. .
The new model gets its uniquely upholstered seats to give the Amarok typical Volkswagen features. Both Aventura and Pan Americana models get seats with 10-way power adjustment as well as a Harmon Kardon sound system. Infotainment functions are controlled by Ford’s Sync4 operating system but with Volkswagen – specific graphics, while the older model’s handbrake is replaced by a new electric parking brake function.
The new Amarok will be manufactured with three engines at seven different power outputs, some but not all shared with the Ranger. It includes a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 148 hp and 228 hp in the form of a single turbocharger, as well as 201 hp and 207 hp in the form of a twin turbocharger. This is joined by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine with 237 hp or 247 hp, depending on which market it is sold in. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 298 hp will also appear from the start of UK sales later this year.
There are also four different gearboxes: five-speed, six-speed, six-speed automatic and 10-speed. The latter comes standard with the most powerful 2.0-liter diesel engine, a V6 diesel engine and a 2.3-liter petrol engine. As with its predecessor, the new Volkswagen pickup comes with a standard 80-liter fuel tank.
Buyers will also be able to choose between two different engine-based Mission 4 systems: one that offers part-time features based on driving conditions, and another with permanent features and a two-speed electromechanical transmission for more traction and off-road capability. road surface Towing capacity has also been increased to a maximum of 3500 kg.
The new Amarok has a double front and rear beam axle with leaf springs, the same setup used by the Ranger. Rear shock absorbers are mounted outside the bodywork bars to save space and offer more “motor-like” features than competing trucks that use internally mounted dampers.