Volkswagen will start shipping the most powerful Amarok in September, but they have opened the order books in the United Kingdom.
With a starting price of £34,325, excluding tax, it costs approximately £10,000 more than the base Trendline model, which uses a 163PS (161hp / 120kW) oil burner with a manual transmission.
It’s available in the range-topping Highline grade only, and serves as the replacement for the older 224PS (221hp / 165kW) and 550Nm (406lb-ft) unit. The 204PS (201hp / 150kW) engine is still being offered, with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed auto.
Powering the range-topping Amarok is a 3.0-liter V6 TDI making 258PS (254hp / 189kW) and 580Nm (428lb-ft) of torque. The output is channeled to the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Speaking about standard gear, this Amarok comes with automatic climate control, infotainment system with touchscreen display and App-Connect, reversing camera and Vienna leather upholstery, along with 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and side bars, front and rear parking sensors and automatic pre-collision braking system.
One of the Amarok’s main rivals, the Nissan Navara-based Mercedes-Benz X-Class, is offered from £32,774, tax included, in the X220d 4Matic form, with a 163PS (161hp / 120kW) diesel engine, while the 190PS (188hp / 140kW) X250d 4Matic has a £35,172 starting price.
Pricing for the UK market of the X350d 4Matic, which uses a 258PS (254hp / 189kW) and 550Nm (406lb-ft) of torque 3.0-liter diesel, has yet to be announced. In Germany, however, it starts from €53,360 (£46,801).