Volkswagen has released the first official picture of the new Amarok pick-up truck, which will go on sale later this year. In contrast to the 12-year-old original – which was an expensive ground-up build – the second-generation model will be based on the latest Ford Ranger, which was released last year.
According to Ranger, the new Amarak was originally made in Australia and will be produced at the Blue Oval’s South African plant. It divides Ford’s general dimensions, meaning it has grown significantly more than its predecessor – 5,350 mm long, at least 100 mm longer than its predecessor, while its 3,270 mm wheelbase is also 175 mm longer. Payload and towing capacity also increased by 1.2 and 3.5 tons, respectively.
Wolfsburg says Amarok’s off-road capabilities have improved thanks to smaller overhangs and much greater water-flow depth limits. It demands a wide range of new model powertrain options with a petrol engine and four diesel up to four and six cylinders and a capacity of 2.0 to 3.0 liters.
This means that Amarok’s Ford’s Panther 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-pot should be available in 170 PS / 405 Nm (with a single turbocharger) and 210 PS / 510 Nm (twin-turbo) variants, with a 3.0 liter Turbo V6 producing 250 PS and 600 Nm of torque; No indication has yet been found as to what the fourth diesel engine will be.
The Ranger’s 302 PS / 452 Nm 2.0-liter turbo petrol mill will also probably be offered, as well as a six- and ten-speed automatic gearbox and a six-speed manual option. The Amarok will come with rear- or four-wheel drive, the latter in part-time and permanent variants.
Although the prototypes shown in these images continue to be disguised, most of the styling is already visible and looks very different from the Ranger – despite the two cars splitting into the same center section. The front end has been completely redesigned, featuring slimmer LED headlights (IQ. Light Matrix LED units optional) joined together by a large grille.
The bumper, embossed with the Amarok script, gets a contrasting silver X-shaped design in the high-end variants, as seen in previous sketches. The clamshell bonnet and front and rear wheel arch flares are also unique to the VW, although the doors and wing mirrors are carried from Ford.
There are also LED taillights with a C-shaped design and tailgates with the stamped Amarok branding. As before, the bed is claimed to be able to fit a Euro-palette sideway, tethered using a lashing ring. The VW will be available for the first time with wheels up to 21 inches in diameter wrapped in standard all-terrain tires.
No pictures were given of the interior, but VW said the Amarok will get a digital instrument cluster and a “tablet-style” infotainment touchscreen, along with an “exclusive” sound system, a faux leather-wrapped dashboard and optional 10-way power adjustment. For the front seat. It sounds like the Ranger, on Ford’s Portrait Center display (10.2-inch as standard, 12-inch for Wildtrack).
Other features include multiple drive modes – including for “non-standard” driving conditions (such as off-road) – and more than 30 driver support systems, ten of which are considered new to Amaro. For reference, the Ranger is available with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane centralization assistance, blind spot monitoring, auto brakes and rear cross traffic alerts with reverse AEB.