Volkswagen’s new pick-up available as double-cab at launch
THE VW Amarok will be available as a four-door double cab from launch, with a single cab model to follow in 2011.
The Amarok will be built at a VW factory in Buenos Aires, and first models are expected to be in UK Volkswagen Van Centres in September 2010.
The Amarok has a generous payload capacity of up to 1.15 tonnes and maximum towing limit of 2.8 tonnes. It also has the largest dimensions in its class, which means that for the first time on a mid-size pick-up, it is possible to load Euro pallets sideways, saving on space.
The Amarok’s dimensions are as follows:
- Length: 1,555mm
- Width: 1,620mm
- Width between wheelarches: 1,222mm
The official photos show frontal styling in line with the latest Transporter and Golf. The VW Amarok is 5.25m long with a ladder-frame chassis and will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive and switchable or permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive, engaged by the push of a button. It will also have low gearing for off-road use.
The full-time all-wheel drive uses a Torsen differential to distribute drive at a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axles for excellent vehicle dynamics and high traction, and also ensures that the wheel with the best traction always gets the most power. A rear differential lock is available.
Under the bonnet there will be a choice of two 2.0-litre fuel-efficient, Euro5 compliant, common rail TDI engines:
- 163PS with torque of 400Nm at a low 1,500rpm; or
- 122PS with maximum torque of 340Nm from 2,000rpm.
Both engines have a six-speed manual transmission and Amarok will be the first all-wheel drive pick-up in this class offering CO2 emissions of less than 200g/km.
UK prices and specifications will be confirmed nearer the Amarok’s UK launch.
The range is expected to comprise a standard model for customers, such as builders or farmers, who need a pick-up that is as robust and practical as possible, to offering all the latest luxury items expected for those using Amarok as a leisure vehicle. An extensive accessories programme will also be offered for the Amarok – from a styling bar and running boards, through a cargo cover and Multi-Connect load securing system to a selection of stylish alloy wheels.