Aussie-designed dual cab Amarok hits showrooms

The second-generation Volkswagen Amarok has arrived in local showrooms in Core, Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura specifications, with a choice of two four-cylinder turbo diesels, turbocharged petrol power and the iconic diesel V6.

Designed in Melbourne, and offering a hi-tech, aerodynamic, ergonomic and robust ute, the new Amarok features a reduced front (by 33m) and rear overhang (by 44mm), and 30 degree approach and 26 degree departure angles.

The wheelbase has increased by 175mm, affording additional rear legroom in particular. At 5350mm the Amarok is 96mm longer, the ground clearance has increased to 235mm and wading depth by 300mm, to 800mm.

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New to the Amarok (depending on the grade) are IQ.LIGHT matrix LED headlights with adaptive high-beam, tyre pressure monitoring, an electric roll cover, electric foldable door mirrors with courtesy lamps, roof rails, and six tie-down points in ute tub.

There are sidesteps on every model, tyres up to 21-inches, 2 front towing hooks, a power tailgate lock, 3.5-tonne rated towbar with optional brake controller, and cargobox LED lighting.

Inside, the Amarok features a compact and tactile steering wheel, and 12-inch digital cockpit. Volkswagen’s classic seat comfort has been reinforced by up to 10-way power adjustment, even for the driver of the mid-range Style specification.

The seating contours and stitching lead the segment, with unique shades for Style (featuring leather and ArtVelours trim with front heating), PanAmericana (unique brown stitching and colouring) and Aventura (a mix of grey and black Savona leather).

New to Amarok (depending again on the grade) are keyless start, wireless charging, 12-inch infotainment, a stitched leather-look dashboard, rear centre armrest, dual-zone climate control with rear air vents, and wireless app-connect.

USB-A and USB-C ports and premium Harman Kardon audio also feature. On the safety front, more than 30 new systems have been added, including (depending on the grade) lane assist, front assist, swerve steer assist, and dynamic road sign display.

Speed sign recognition, an intelligent speed limiter, rear park distance control with manoeuvre braking, side assist, rear traffic alert, a 360-degree camera, adaptive cruise control, and park assist plus.

Nine airbags, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist monitoring, driver fatigue warning, adaptive load control, roll over mitigation and emergency call via smartphone in-range connection help ensure a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

For those who tow, the braked towing capacity remains at 3,500kg, with a 350kg ball weight. Selectable four-wheel drive further advances Volkswagen’s 4MOTION pedigree too, with 4A and 4H, 2H and 4L on offer.

Drive modes (Style and up) use the latest technology to support the mechanical drive systems, including Normal, Eco, Slippery, Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut and Tow/Haul modes – all signified by the high design of unique graphics ahead of the driver.

Under the hood, the Amarok Core features a 125kW/405Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine called the TDI405 and six-speed automatic transmission. It features 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, towbar with 12 pin plug, 8-inch digital cockpit and 10-inch infotainment.

There are 26 drive safety and assistance systems on this model. The Life adds a leather steering wheel and gear shifter, 8-way driver and passenger seat adjustment, LED fog lights, electric park brake and rear disc brakes.

The Amarok Style, available with a choice of 154kW/500Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel TDI500 or 184kW/600Nm 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 TDI600, sports all of the range topping features outlined throughout this story.

The PanAmericana and Aventura will provide a new level of off-road and on-road sophistication, respectively. The former unique with all-terrain 18-inch tyres and darkened sports exterior accents combining with Harman Kardon premium audio.

The latter grabs largest-ever 21-inch wheels, ‘Savona’ leather trim, electronic roll cover and chrome accent exterior. The PanAmericana is diesel V6 exclusive. The Aventura builds on Volkswagen TSI heritage with a 222kW/452Nm 2.3-litre turbo petrol engine, or diesel V6.

To own one, you’ll need to spend $52,990 for the Amarok Core, or $56,990 for the Life. The Style in 2.0-litre is $66,990 and the 3.0-litre version is $70,990. The PanAmericana will set you back $75,990 with the Aventura priced at $79,990 in either engine.

All prices are plus on-roads. You can find out more from your local Volkswagen dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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