Following an extensive teaser campaign, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has finally unwrapped the new-generation Amarok, with the German manufacturer saying the latest iteration of its premium double-cab bakkie boasts a “charismatic” exterior design language, a “perfectly connected” cabin, more tech and “efficient” engines.
Before we kick off with the exterior design, let’s start with the engine line-up. The new Amarok is available with four “efficient” turbodiesel engines and one turbocharged petrol powertrain. Beginning with the former units, three have four cylinders and a cubic capacity of 2.0 litres. The range-topping diesel powertrain boasts six.
The first diesel engine has 110 kW and 350 Nm of torque; the second, 125 kW and 405 Nm; and the third, a twin-turbocharged unit, 150 kW and 500 Nm. The first engine option is equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive. The second powerplant is coupled with a six-speed manual ‘box or (market-dependent) automatic transmission of the same number of cogs, which directs power to a selectable all-wheel-drive system. The third, most powerful diesel of the trio is available with a six- or 10-speed auto transmission and is equipped with permanent all-wheel drive. However, depending on the market, this engine will also be available in a higher state of tune (154 kW), a 10-speed automatic ‘box, and selectable all-wheel drive.
Tuned to deliver 177 kW (in the European market) and 184 kW (in markets with different emissions regulations), the 3.0-litre V6 diesel is equipped with a 10-speed automatic coupled with permanent all-wheel drive. This engine boasts 600 Nm of torque.
As mentioned above, only one petrol powertrain — a 2.3-litre four-cylinder – will be available. This unit kicks out 222 kW and 452 Nm. The sole petrol in the line-up directs power to VW’s permanent 4Motion set-up via a 10-speeder.
According to the German marque, it has “significantly” modified the bakkie’s design. “It is now unambiguously more expressive and even more impressive,” said Albert Kirzinger, head of design at VW Commercial Vehicles.
The prominent “X”-shaped front end is the most notable exterior design cue. Narrow LED headlamps (some models gain VW’s ‘IQ.Light’ matrix LED units) are integrated into the upper grille. The angular wheel arches house wheels measuring “up to” 21 inches (depending on the model).
‘Round back, the bakkie features C-shaped rear lamps (LED units can be found on top-spec variants). “Amarok” is embossed on the tailgate.
The new Amarok measures 5 350 mm in length (96 mm more than the previous generation) and 1 910 mm in width (2 204 mm including the side mirrors). Compared to its forebear, the latest version’s wheelbase has been stretched by 173 mm to measure 3 270 mm. Depending on the wheel-tyre combination, the overall height is “up to” 1 888 mm.
The loading bed measures 1 544 mm in length and 1 224 mm wide on the double-cab variant. The height is rated at 529 mm. The maximum load capacity is “up to” 1.16 tonnes depending on the trim grade.
Enhancing off-road capability, the Amarok boasts a wading depth of 800 mm (300 mm more than its predecessor). The shorter fore and aft overhangs provide an approach and departure angle of 29 and 21 degrees, respectively. The ramp angle is 21 degrees.
VW says the interior is “perfectly connected” and “intuitive to use”. Depending on the model, the Amarok features an eight-inch ‘Digital Cockpit’ and portrait-orientated, 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system incorporating screen-mirroring functionality. As previously teased by the firm, several analogue controls are also fitted to the Amarok apart from the touch-enabled items. Roomier than before, the new model boasts myriad storage spaces inside.