VW’s Amarok pick-up gains new engine

Changes to facelifted Amarok led by new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine


Full details have been released of the latest version of the one major pick-up seemingly not appearing at last week’s Commercial Vehicle Show, the Volkswagen Amarok.

While the new Amarok, on UK sale before the end of 2016, is a facelift, the changes are significant, led by a new engine.

The 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit replaces the twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel of the current Amarok and will be available with either 161, 201 or 221bhp, combined with an eight-speed auto transmission and rear or 4Motion all-wheel-drive.

While the least powerful version matches its predecessor for output, VW says that as well as being Euro 6 emissions compliant, the new engines are more efficient than their predecessors.

The range-topping 221bhp version will go on sale first. It offers 406lbft of torque – 96lbft improved over its predecessor and available from just 1500rpm – while returning combined cycle fuel economy figures of around 37mpg and CO2 emissions of 199g/km.

Other changes to the Amarok include a new more precisely reacting Servotronic steering system, 17-inch disc brakes on the front axle with 16-inch versions at the rear, and safety upgrades including an Automatic Post-Collision Braking system, included as standard on all versions.

Visually the Amarok is distinguished from its predecessor by a revised front end designed to look more sporty, and interior changes including a completely new dashboard.

Launch versions will be sold as the Amarok Adventura and include a body-coloured sports styling bar extending from behind the cabin over the load bay, 20-inch wheels and a Park Distance Control driver aid with a rear-view camera. However VW is yet to confirm whether UK buyers will be offered the Adventura.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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