Volkswagen has revealed all the details of the pickup second generation amarok, and this time we hope that North America can have a slice of the action.
The pickup truck is twinned with the new ford ranger, but the VW design team worked hard to differentiate the two, giving the Amarok 2 an X-shaped front bumper below the VW roundel, LED array headlights pattern that taper to the tops of the fenders and unique taillight assemblies. And just to clear up any lingering doubts, “AMAROK” is stamped on the tailgate.
This one new Amarok it's certainly more fun to look at than the previous one, and it's bigger too. The wheelbase has increased from (6.8 in) 173 mm to (128.7 in) 3,270 mm, which VW says offers more space, especially for rear seat passengers, if you opt for the optional cabin layout. double over the standard single cab design.
But the overall length has only grown by 3.8 in (96 mm) because the overhangs have shrunk, which together with an increase in pass depth from 19.7 in (500 mm) to 31.5 in (800 mm) should make it more useful off-road. VW's 4-Motion all-leg hardware is standard in some markets, optional in others, and comes in selectable or permanent all-wheel drive forms, and with six steering modes to help you navigate terrain. difficult.
But even if you never leave the asphalt, the new Amarok should be more useful than the old one. There is a 3,500 kg (7,716 lbs) towing capacity, the maximum payload is 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) to 1,160 kg (2,557 lbs) and, like the old pickup, you can keep your cargo safe from prying eyes with an electrically operated roller cover. Even the roof was designed with practicality in mind. It has a static load capacity of 350 kg (772 lbs), allowing VW to offer a four-person roof tent as an option.
THE engine line changes a bit depending on the market, although as you'd expect, VW says all available engines have been tuned specifically for torque. African models start with a 2.0-liter diesel that produces 148 hp (150 hp), while other regions start with a 168 hp (170 hp) version of the same engine, or buyers can opt for a bi-turbo derivative. which whips up to 206 hp (209 hp).
The main diesel option is a 3.0-liter V6 with 238 hp (241 hp) or 247 hp (250 hp), depending on the market, but the most powerful Amarok of all, and the only petrol engine in the range, is a 2.3 liter turbocharged Ford EcoBoost four that makes 298 bhp (302 PS). Some low-spec models will have a manual transmission option, but order anything over 200 horsepower and you get a 10-speed automatic, which replaces the eight-speed fitted to the old truck.
12-inch touchscreen, 20 driver assistance aids
Arguably the biggest change from the old Amarok, however, is not the number of gear ratios, but the drastically improved interior and the amount of luxury and safety kit offered. Exactly which goodies you get will depend on how far you climb the Amarok, Life, Style, Panamericana, and Aventura scale, but there's a new digital instrument pack and 12-inch tablet infotainment system on all mid-spec models and above, plus 20 new driver assistance systems, including adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition for the first time.
The previous Amarok launched in 2010 was built in Argentina and sold in South America, Europe and Australia, but not the US. the US division recently registered the Amarok name in the region and that Ford is bringing the Ranger to the US