First look | The all new Volkswagen Amarok

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This Argentine-built mid-size pickup launches early 2010 in South America, initially as a double cab, followed by a single cab version in 2011.

The first examples should reach our shores in the third quarter this year.

The bigger capacity engines will follow later, but to start with it’s a 2.0 TDI common rail TD motor in one of two outputs:
90kW / 340Nm entry level motor and a more powerful version producing 120kw and 400Nm of torque at 1500rpm.
Both available with a six-speed manual transmission.

Named after a mythical wolf in the Inuit language, the Amarok blends traditional ladder frame toughness with VW’s high-tech diesels and, optionally, all the ‘must have’ 4×4 hardware.
You get a choice of Rear-wheel drive and push-button selectable or permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, with low range.

The full time AWD version uses a Torsen diff in a 40:60 front: rear drive split with the option of a proper rear differential lock, plus an array of electronic aids from Off-Road ABS to Hill Descent Assist and Hill Hold Assist.

Quick facts

  • VW claims ‘the largest in class’ for its very Tiguan-like cabin.
  • Amarok’s cargo area is also said to deliver the largest dimensions of its class: 2.52 square meters (1,555 millimetre length, 1,620 millimetre width). Said to carry up to 1.15 tonnes.
  • Also “Best in class” is the 1,222 millimetre width between wheel wells.
  • The (optional) towbar can handle up to 2.8 tonnes trailer load.
     

Which ever way you look at it, the Amarok is sure to make some hurricane size waves in the Toyota dominated bakkie mad local market.