Volkswagen Amarok promises to be better in every department
Additional details of soon to be released Volkswagen Amarok announced
Designed in Germany and Australia and built in South Africa, the new Amarok hopes to regain its position at the top of the bakkie segment with the help of excellent specification, an expanded driver assistance offering and a wider range of engines and drivetrains.
The all-rounders innovative, premium design might be typical Amarok but it has also been completely redefined. In terms of dimensions the newcomer measures 5350mm, which is at least 100mm longer than its predecessor. The wheelbase has increased by 175mm to 3270mm which translates into much improved interior space.
The workhorse characteristics have also been improved with a payload that has been increased to 1.2 tonnes along with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity. The load bin features enough space between the wheel arches to contain a euro pallet.
As the wheelbase has increased more than its total length, the overhangs have become shorter, which will have a positive effect on off-road capability. A significantly greater fording depth than its predecessor has also been revealed.
The new front end is striking and features a very upright bonnet and clear brand DNA. The horizontal, upper radiator grille features crossbars that are concisely integrated and are home to narrow LED headlights. IQ Light, LED matrix headlights will be offered as an option. The lower bumper area sees a merging of the radiator grille into a horizontal division or an X-shaped design that houses embossed Amarok lettering.
Particularly pronounced in the silhouette are the half round wheel arches that form a particularly straight line and have become an Amarok characteristic. The wheel arches house wheel sizes up to 21-inches depending on the model as well as all-terrain tyres that will be available as standard fitment for the first time.
At the rear the wide tailgate is framed by standard LED rear lights while the word Amarok is embossed across its width.
The interior of the new Amarok has been designed to be highly functional while the quality has been greatly improved thanks to intuitive controls, a digital cockpit as well as tablet style infotainment display. Underlining its premium character is equipment such as an exclusive sound system, elegant leather look surfaces on the instrument panel and door panels along with decorative stitching. The seats offer the customary Volkswagen comfort with the front seats now wider and the rear bench able to accommodate three adult passengers.
Under the bonnet
Depending on the engine and gearbox combination, which varies between markets, there will be one petrol and up to four diesels to choose from, ranging from four to six cylinders and between 2.0 and 3.0 litres. The Amarok will be available in rear-wheel drive only as well as with permanent four-wheel drive.
A variety of preconfigured driving models with multiple levels will be available to assist drivers. Safety has been enhanced thanks to the addition of more than 30 driver assist systems, more than 20 of which are completely new to the Amarok.
The Amarok will be available in five trim versions. The entry level will be badged Amarok and will be followed by Life and Style models. Top of the range models include the PanAmericana, which will have an off-road focus, and Aventura, which incorporate on-road specific styling and equipment.
The new Amarok will launch at the end of 2022 in certain markets with double cab variants, single cab models will follow.
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