With the next-generation Volkswagen Amarok making its global premiere this week (7 July 2022), we look at the details the German marque has so far revealed of the latest iteration of its premium double-cab bakkie…


VW says the latest model’s exterior is distinguished by a “striking” front end with a “defining” “X” design. Although not much of the exterior styling has been showcased in teaser images, those with a keen eye might have noticed what looks like chrome-finished elements spanning the grille. In addition, compared to its forebear’s more square-like headlamps, the front lamp clusters found on the new model are more tapered and seemingly more rectangular.

VW says the Amarok will feature innovations not seen before in this segment. The firm has confirmed that LED headlamps will be standard fitment. Higher spec models will gain the German manufacturer’s ‘IQ.Light’ LED matrix units.

‘Round the back, a duo of slim, vertical taillamps are sited on opposite sides of the loading bed’s tailgate. As seen in the teaser image of the rear end, a large “Amarok” signage is embossed on the latter item. Roll bars are also present. 

“We have significantly modified the Amarok’s archetypal design”

In addition, VW has further revealed that the new generation will be available with a “wholly” new range of wheels. A first for the Amarok, it will be sold “ex-factory” with all-terrain tyres (depending on the model, that is).

“We’ve given the strength and power of the new Amarok an unambiguous expression with clear VW DNA, inside and out,” said Albert-Johann Kirzinger, head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “For the new generation, we have significantly modified the Amarok’s archetypal design. It is now unambiguously more expressive and once again appreciably more impressive.”


The new version’s bodywork is longer and wider. Compared to the previous generation, the upcoming model measures 5 350 mm (up by “at least” 100 mm) bow to stern and 3 270 mm wide. VW has also confirmed that the next-gen derivative’s off-road capabilities have further been enhanced with a “greater” wading depth and increased payload. The latter has increased by “up to” 1.2 tonnes. 


A teaser image has showcased the fascia of the latest iteration’s interior, which is dominated by a large, portrait-orientated infotainment display. Those with a keen eye might have noticed that the new model, most likely in top-spec guise, features dual-zone climate control and heating functionality for the front seats.

VW has also revealed that, as seen in an additional teaser image, analogue switchgear is sited below the touch-enabled screen. The carmaker says the mix of digital functions and ergonomically “optimally” configured buttons and push/rotary switches are intuitive to operate. VW says, “Parking, air conditioning, hazard warning lights or the driving modes important for on- and off-road driving can be directly controlled in this way.” 



As with the local engine line-up, SA spec has yet to be confirmed. However, VW has confirmed that five trim lines will be available. The entry-level grade is named ‘Amarok’. Following this trim line are ‘Life’ and ‘Style’. VW has also mentioned two range-topping lines, ‘PanAmericana’ and ‘Aventura. The former takes a more off-road approach, while the latter takes a more on-road approach.



Locally built, the new-generation Amarok will again be available with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine. Four-cylinder turbocharged oil-burners of 2.0-litre capacity will also be on offer. A petrol powertrain has also been confirmed. In addition to two-wheel-drive and on-demand all-wheel drive drivetrains, the soon-to-be-revealed upcoming Amarok will also be available with permanent all-wheel drive. Although the local engine line-up has yet to be confirmed, a safe bet would be that, of these, the V6 turbodiesel will make its way here as this is the model that sold best on local shores.