New Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck: First Official Photos of Production Model

Volkswagen has published the first official images and details of the production version of its new pickup model, the Amarok. Designed to compete in the 1-tonne pickup truck segment, the Amarok will be initially available as a four-door double cab version with a single cab model set to follow in 2011. It will be built at VW's plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with sales set to begin in South America in early 2010 and in Europe during the second half of the year.

The Amarok will also be sold in Australia and South Africa but not in North America - or at least the German firm has no plans to do so at this time.

Featuring a muscular exterior and a passenger-car like interior design, the Amarok's styling has remained virtually unchanged from last year's concept model that premiered at the 2008 Hannover motor show in Germany.

The German automaker said that the Amarok comes with a payload capacity of up to 1.15 tonnes and maximum towing limit of 2.8 tonnes.

It also features a 2.52 m² cargo area that is claimed to have the largest dimensions in its class at 1,555 mm long and 1,620 mm wide, plus a best in class width between the wheelarches of 1,222 mm which, according to VW, means that for the first time on a mid-size pick-up, it is possible to fit Euro pallets sideways.

Under the hood, there's a choice of two 2.0-liter TDI turbo diesel engines producing 163HP and 400Nm (295 lb-ft), and 122HP and 340Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque. Both diesels are Euro 5 compliant and are paired to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Amarok will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive and switchable or permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive. The full time AWD version uses Torsen differential to distribute drive at a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axles, while a rear differential lock will also be available as an option.

Volkswagen says that even in the 4x4 version, the 122HP TDI consumes just 7.6 lt per 100 km (31 mpg US) while the more powerful 163HP TDI model, 7.8lt/100km (30 mpg US). Combined with an 80-liter fuel tank, the pickup truck is capable of ranges in excess of 1,000 kilometres (620+ miles).

When it goes on sale next year, the Amarok will be available in three different trim levels. Justifying its name, the base version does not feature any electric amenities (everything is mechanically operated) while the front bumper, door handles and mirrors are not painted. This version rides on 16-inch steel wheels.

Moving up to the Trendline, buyers will get painted bumper, door handles and mirror housings, electrically operated windows, door locks and mirrors along with a CD player, climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, multi-functional display, cruise control system and front fog lights.

The range-topping Highline is upgraded with features like chrome mirror housings, various chrome accents inside and out, and fender skirt extensions that create the necessary space for the larger 17-inch alloy wheels. Furthermore, this model gets a color contrasting instrument panel, automatic climate control (Climatronic), leather detailing, a high-end audio system and specific fabric seat covers.

Prices for the new VW Amarok will be confirmed closer to the pick-up truck's launch date.


Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

This is one hot little truck and just what usa needs but of course cannot get ! were stuck with the very old ranger, horrible colorado, ugly ass tacoma, 14 mpg frontier, suzuki dealer lot queen, and who would buy a dakota when the ram is cheaper ?

Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

why wont they bring this to the states!

Sergio said... »December 01, 2009

VW: 2.0 TDI 163HP and 400Nm (295 lb-ft)
Nissan: 2.5 TDI 174 hp and 403Nm (297 lb-ft)
Toyota: 3.0 TDI 173 hp and 343Nm

I don't know about you guys,but this VW's 2.0 looks very good on the paper.

Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

bring it to NA with a TDI, shake up the small pickup market!

Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

What the length of this new baby?

Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

lookout HiLux

Eder Kambara said... »December 01, 2009

Very nice truck. Here in Brazil, the Amarok will compete in the "Luxury Pick-Ups Market", because its rivals, such as Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Hilux, cost about one hundrend thousand REAIS, or about US$ 50,000.00. How I wanted to pay just half of that...

Anonymous said... »December 01, 2009

Does the Amarok have leaf springs in the rear? Anybody know?

Anonymous said... »December 02, 2009

Very Good little Truck. Bring Amarok to the States!

Anonymous said... »December 02, 2009

dont be daft its a vw not a dodge

Anonymous said... »December 02, 2009

it's a pick-up truck. how is one pick-up truck different from another? nothing new here. why can't carmakers make a pick-up with seats for 7 or 8? they can extend the rear cargo area and put 3rd row seats in the cab. it can either have additional 2 doors for the 3rd row; or fold away seats in the second row for access to the 3rd row. that way it is still classified as a full size pick-up,with the carrying capacity of an SUV.

Anonymous said... »December 02, 2009

Dr. Piech has finally realized his dream of selling pick up trucks! For years, he drove pick ups in Germany and was into the Western Cowboy image thing...
There is a "chicken tax" named after a 1960's spat when France & Germany imposed a heavy tax on chickens imported from the U.S.A. We impose a 25% tariff on pickups & commercial vans when they enter our country.
I'm general manager @ Lotus of Newport Beach and have learned silly little bits of trivia over my 26 years in the biz!
Kevin Smith

Anonymous said... »December 03, 2009

this is the begining of the end of japanees monopolio of small pick ups go Europe!!

Anonymous said... »December 03, 2009

we Need VWs here! not just the bettle but all of them from GOLF GTi/GTD > TOUAREG TDI/R55 here in the Philippines we need a EU contender like VW against TOYOTA

Anonymous said... »December 07, 2009

VW is smoking crack not bringing this truck to the US...

Devin said... »December 15, 2009

vw is not bringing it to the states because we already have ford gmc and chevy trucks that are 100 times better at being an actual truck.

Anonymous said... »December 26, 2009

I wonder how many trips to the repair shop VW's latest creation will make?

Anonymous said... »January 08, 2010

VW are a hell of a lot better then ford gmc and chevy. VW is german.but they should bring this truck to the US

Suzane said... »March 22, 2010

I think it looks quite sexy for a pick up and looks count to self employed tradesmen who are "stuck" with a pickup but because it may also function as a family vehicle don't wish to sacrifice style.

And the Baywatch thing could happen - the UK RNLI Lifeguards up and down the country's surf beaches currently use HiLuxes for beach patrols if I remember; a swap to Anoraks needn't be out of the question if they're priced well.

Anonymous said... »March 28, 2010

what is the price if it gets to the usa

Anonymous said... »May 23, 2010

I would definitely try to buy this if it came to the US. It's got pretty much everything you want in a small pick-up truck with excellent gas milage. If you look at the new pick-up trucks here, they are still trying to get over the 20mpg hump, while this gets 31mpg for 4x4 and 30mpg for the heavy duty 4x4. I wonder how it does off road

Anonymous said... »October 17, 2010

Very good fuel economy. Beautiful interior.
I hope it will survive rough terrain.Should also be made available in Right Hand Drive.

Anonymous said... »December 29, 2010

killer body works and style. economical and efficient horsepower...its a good machine

Lucia Otsetswe said... »September 19, 2011

Amarock Amarock, the best!

York said... »December 23, 2011

i know why won't bring to U.S.A.cause most small trucks manufacturing loose business on their picktrucks period.The  VW TDI 4X4 CREWCAB great mileage,well built and strong,,look at the beetle that thing ran on oil and gas,,,Wake -up.We and including me like to have VW TDI 's here in america.In other words R discriminating our wish period!

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