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Next-gen VW Amarok – The confirmed features

The premiere of the new VW Amarok is only a few weeks away and the excitement is almost tangible.

VW has been tight-lipped regarding various aspects of the bakkie, but it has also slowly been releasing details to the public over these last few months to build suspense.

This is what we know so far about the German automaker’s latest vehicle ahead of its upcoming unveiling.

What we know

The second-generation Amarok is based on the same architecture as the new Ford Ranger, but the manufacturer has stated that there is enough “clear Volkswagen DNA” to make the Amarok stand out from its peers.

Five different engine types have been announced for the new bakkie – one petrol and four diesels – though it is not clear yet which of these units will be made available to the local market.

VW has also confirmed that the drivetrains will comprise 2.0-litre, four-cylinder variants, as well as a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder model. This matches up with the engines being put into the new Ranger, consisting of either a 2.0-litre single or bi-turbo motor, or a 3.0-litre V6.

As the Amarok should share similar, if not identical drivetrains to its American counterpart, we expect it will also produce matching power figures.

This should give the 2.0-litre VWs power levels of between 110-125kW and 350-405Nm, and a power ceiling of around 184kW and 600Nm for the 3.0-litre variants, in line with the Ford.

The brand has also confirmed that the off-roader will be available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and that it will be capable of carrying up to 1,200kg in the rear bed with a listed maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg.

We would love to see the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 EcoBoost engine found in the upcoming Raptor, which produces an impressive 292kW and 583Nm, in the Amarok, too, but considering this is for Ford’s halo model it’s not that likely that it will be offered in the German cousin.

As for the trim levels, the base models will simply bear the Amarok name, with the Life and Style specs moving the bakkie further up the price ladder, before being topped off with the high-spec PanAmericana and Aventura models.

These top-end variants will have equal billing, said VW, and are designed to offer buyers a choice of a car more suited for life on the road – in the case of the Aventura – or for any surface that isn’t tarmac – in the case of the off-road specialized PanAmericana.

All versions of the Amarok will also feature a digitized display and the higher trim levels will get a range of driver assists not previously seen on the Amarok.

However, it must be noted that VW has not yet confirmed which of these specification grades will be offered locally.

The first images of the interior have started to appear online revealing what looks to be a leather multifunction steering wheel in the style of the automaker’s current offerings, alongside a sleek centre console with a large portrait infotainment screen and flip-switches for various operations.

Total redesign

VW has yet to reveal the production-ready Amarok, as images of the new bakkie have taken the form of concept art or camouflage-wrapped test units.

What has been confirmed is that the new model will be bigger than its predecessor, being both longer and with a larger wheelbase to accommodate up to 21-inch wheels.

This gives the bakkie an improved wading depth over the previous iteration, confirmed VW, which has a maximum depth of 500mm.

The larger dimensions of the new model also mean there will be greater cabin space, especially on the double cab units

Around the exterior, the Amarok name is proudly displayed on the tail end of the vehicle, and a revised grille takes centre stage on the front.

VW has also released teaser images of its IQ.Light Matrix LED headlights which will be optional extras on the new bakkie.

Production of the next-gen Amarok will take place at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant and is expected to kick-off at the end of the year, adding another locally-produced bakkie to South Africa’s new-car market.

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