Volkswagen South Africa has revealed the engines and specification levels for the upcoming new-generation Amarok, with the local arm of the German marque saying the latest version will be even more capable on- and off-road. 


The SA-built Amarok will be available with the option of one petrol engine and “up to” a quartet of diesel motors. The oil-burners will be offered in four- and six-cylinder guises with cubic capacities of 2.0 to 3.0 litres. In addition, the box-fresh Amarok will be available with the option of rear-wheel drive and on-demand or permanent all-wheel-drive drivetrains. 

Compared to its predecessor, the upcoming VW double-cab bakkie measures “at least” 100 mm longer at 5 350 mm and 175 mm wider at 3 270 mm. According to VW, the off-road capabilities of the new model are further enhanced by a greated fording depth. The payload has increased to “up to” 1.2 tonnes. 


“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”, said Albert Kirzinger, head of design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. 

On the outside, the new Amarok will feature a horizontal, upper radiator grille crossbars with integrated, narrow LED headlamps. These items are standard across the range. VW’s IQ.Light LED matrix units will be available as an option. Wheels measuring “up to” 21 inches will be on offer. 


The cabin will feature a tablet-style infotainment display. An exclusive sound system and leather-look interior finishes with decorative stitching are also available. 

Five trim levels will be on offer. The entry-level version is the ‘Amarok’, with the following two versions being the ‘Life’ and ‘Style’ derivatives. VW will also offer two range-topping variants, the ‘PanAmericana’, which takes on a more off-road approach, and ‘Aventura’, which takes on a more on-road approach.