New Volkswagen Amarok
Volkswagen’s premium pickup gains six-cylinder powerplant
More power is heading the way of the new VW Amarok 2016, when it becomes the only model in its segment with a high performance V6 diesel later this year, pushing out 224hp. In a class where more is better and muscularity matters, that should do the VW’s cause no harm at all. The pickup also gets subtly refreshed exterior styling and a new dashboard, revised and updated running gear and – perhaps most crucially – a larger towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes.
- More power; even more torque
In a somewhat surprising move that bucks the industry trend of downsizing, VW has ditched the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine and replaced it with something altogether bigger, providing the pickup with an extra two cylinders and one litre of capacity, improving its on- and off-road capability by some considerable margin. As well as a power output of 224hp, the new engine will deliver 550Nm of torque, some 130Nm more than the previous model, giving the pickup plenty of shove at engine speeds as low only 1,500rpm, where said peak torque is made.
The V6 will be available in two other states of tune, the 163hp and 204hp versions coming slightly later than the high powered edition. All three will comply with Euro 6 emissions standards, while fuel consumption of the 224hp model with the 8-speed automatic gearbox is expected to be around 37mpg, giving a figure of 199 grams of CO2 per km, relatively impressive in the context of its segment.
- New transmission, brakes and steering
Three different transmissions will be offered: traditional rear-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel drive with torsen differential to aid traction and which is available only with the 8-speed automatic gearbox, and rear-wheel drive with an engageable front axle, only available in combination with a manual gearbox. The Amarok also gets servotronic variable ratio steering as standard, VW reporting that the system gives the Amarok new levels of steering and handing precision. New 17-inch brake discs feature on the front axle of the highest horsepower Amarok, while VW’s automatic post-collision braking system comes as standard – it should be good as it’s won awards.
- Changes inside and out
VW says the styling treatment it’s given to the front end of the new model gives it a more athletic-looking appearance, and the wheels of each of the various trim levels offered are now larger, but this is still very much a subtle refresh until you get under the skin. An all-new dashboard is bigger news perhaps, and together with new seats it’s said by VW that the interior has a higher quality feel to it.
- More practical and more capable
A payload capacity of more than one tonne is possible, depending on the equipment selected, and VW boasts that the load platform in the four-door Amarok can accommodate a Euro-pallet loaded sideways, great for business users, but not so exciting for your next camping trip. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the new Amarok for many will be that some versions boast a towing capacity of up to 3.5t. Various new accessories, including styling bars, covers, cargo area coatings and hardtops will also be available for the Amarok’s cargo compartment – all designed, no doubt, to help increase its versatility and overall appeal.
A special edition launch model called the Amarok Aventura will potentially be offered in the UK. The Aventura specification features 20-inch alloy wheels and park distance control parking assistant, which utilises a rear-view camera, and the kit-count continues with an embarrassment of lighting: bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED licence plate lighting and LED-illuminated side sills under the doors.
- Prices and release date yet to be announced
The new VW Amarok price has yet to be announced, as has the release date, but buyers will be able to put down an order for the new model in September and can expect their trucks before the end of the year. Get more detailed price, specification and release date information from zero60cars soon.