All-new Volkswagen Amarok to go on sale in March

Volkswagen announces specification and pricing of new Amarok

Reuben Van Niekerk
VW Amarok
Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen has released details on the specification and pricing of the all-new Amarok ahead of its local introduction on March 18th, 2023.

Thanks to a payload of up to 1.19 tonnes, 3.5 tonne towing capacity and a well thought out cargo box, the Amarok can master every conceivable work and leisure task. Thanks to a variety of new engines, assistance and control systems, the typical robustness of a bakkie and a flexible, usable load box, the second-generation Amarok is well poised as an ultra-modern multi-tool for professionals.

In many markets the Amarok will be offered as standard with all-wheel drive as opposed to pure rear-wheel drive. Up to five efficient four and six-cylinder turbo engines deliver the power required for work and non-work tasks. The new Amarok will be offered in five equipment versions, badged Amarok, Life, Style, as well as the off-road biased PanAmericana and the stylish Aventura. The Amarok will be available in both double cab and single cab variants.

The new Amarok is 96mm longer than its predecessor and has a wheelbase of 3 270mm, which represents an increase of 173mm. The result is more room in the double cab and reduced body overhangs which equal crisper proportions and improved off-road capability. Approach and departure angles now measure 30 degrees upfront and 26 degrees at the rear.

All-new design

The Amarok features a powerful look and feel. The new charismatic front end is especially striking and features a straight and very upright bonnet while retaining clear Volkswagen DNA. Bars running horizontally across the radiator grille with concisely integrated LED headlights come standard on all models. Certain models such as the PanAmericana and Aventura are fitted with IQ.Light LED headlights, which provide an unmistakable light design. Below the transverse bars the radiator grille merges into a horizontal or an X shaped design. On top of the range models, the word Amarok is embossed above the number plate holder and flanked by LED fog lights. On the side the half-round wheel arches are a typical Amarok design feature. At the rear, beneath the VW badge, the word Amarok is embossed across almost the entire width of the tailgate.

Inside story

With practical controls and digital screens, the interior has been designed to be functional and high quality with materials that resemble those found in premium SUVs. Even on base models the display consists of an 8.0-inch Digital Cockpit as well as a 10,1 or 12.3-inch portrait format touchscreen infotainment system. The new Amarok utilises a mix of digital functions and ergonomically designed buttons and rotary switches. For example, the functions for parking, the air conditioning, the assist systems and the driving modes are controlled by physical buttons.

The Amarok’s driver and front seat passenger sit on ergonomically designed seats, which are 10-way adjustable in the higher specification models. The rear seat offers improved space that can accommodate three adult passengers comfortably.

Ready to work

The cargo bed between the wheel arches offers enough room for a Euro pallet. With the tailgate closed the length of the load box measures 1 624mm or 2 332mm in the case of the single cab, allowing the latter to swallow two Euro pallets.

Under the bonnet

The base specification 2.0 TDI engine will offer 110kW and 350Nm and is paired with a five-speed gearbox and rear wheel drive. A 2.0 litre four-cylinder TDI boasts 125kW and 405Nm and will be available with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder bi-turbocharged engine in the 2.0 BiTDI 4Motion offers 154kW and 500Nm.

The top of the range 3.0 V6 TDI offers 184kW and 600Nm and is mated mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.

Two all-wheel drive systems

The Amarok will be offered with all-wheel drive as standard but depending on the model, two different systems are utilised. Certain versions feature selectable all-wheel drive with three drive modes. Top of the range models feature a fourth mode that allows for variable distribution between the front and rear axles via a multi-plate clutch. A diff lock and intelligent drive modes add to the off-road driving credentials.

Over 25 driver assistance systems

Depending on the model, up to 25 assistance systems make driving easier and safer. Technology on offer includes automatic cruise control, parking assistant, 360-degree all round view, lane change assistant and traffic sign recognition amongst others.

A wide variety of accessories

Volkswagen will offer a variety of accessories to meet the needs of Amarok owners including wheel sizes up to 21-inches, all terrain tyres, a variety of trailer mounts, bike holders, multi-function carrier system and different roll covers.

Trim levels

In South Africa the Amarok will be available in Amarok (single and double cab base model), Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura derivatives.

Model range and pricing

The Volkswagen Amarok will be built in South Africa at Ford’s Silverton manufacturing plant and is sold as standard with a four-year/120 000km warranty and a five-year/100 000km maintenance plan.

2.0 TDI 110kW 5-speed manual                                                                                                     R599 000
2.0 TDI 125kW 6-speed manual                                                                                                     R650 500
2.0 TDI 125kW 4MOTION 6-speed manual                                                                                 R721 500
Life 2.0 TDI 125kW 6-speed manual                                                                                            R683 500
Life 2.0 TDI 125kW 4MOTION 6-speed manual                                                                        R738 000
Life 2.0 TDI 125kW 4MOTION 6-speed auto                                                                              R760 000
Life 2.0 BiTDI 154kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                                        R825 500
Style 2.0 BiTDI 154kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                                      R900 000
Style 2.0 BiTDI 154kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto (Comfort Package)                                 R919 500
Style 3.0 TDI V6 184kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                                   R966 000
Style 3.0 TDI V6 184kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto (Comfort Package)                               R985 500
PanAmericana 2.0 BiTDI 154kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                   R987 000
PanAmericana 2.0 BiTDI 154kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto (Comfort Package)              R1 017 000

PanAmericana 3.0 TDI V6 184kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                 R1 053 000         
PanAmericana 3.0 TDI V6 184kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto (Comfort Package)            R1 083 000

Aventura 3.0 TDI V6 184kW 4MOTION 10-speed auto                                                           R1 105 000


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