PARTNERSHIPTechnically, the VW Amarok is a Ford
The partnership between Ford and Volkswagen is starting to bear fruit. The latest is the new VW Amarok, which uses technology from the Ford Ranger.
Two years ago, the adventure, which would have taken ten years to take the Amarok, stopped at Volkswagen. At least for now and for the production site in Hannover. At the end of this year, the series will repeat itself, even if the bodywork of the new generation of the model will hide the Ford Ranger. Both models will now be produced simultaneously at Ford’s factory in Silverton, South Africa, for the European, Middle East, Australian and African markets.
But Volkswagen has gone to great lengths to give the new version an authentic Amarok look. Sure, its silhouette is similar to that of the Ford Ranger, but the front looks like a Volkswagen with the original grille-headlight combination. As with its predecessor, the wheel arches are semi-circular. The model name is painted in large letters on the tailgate.
Ten centimeters again
Compared to the old Amarok, which will continue to be built in Argentina in the coming years for the South American market, the new version has gained ten centimeters to 5.35 meters, and the wheelbase has increased by 17. centimeters to reach 3.27 meters. As usual in this segment, there will be a standard two-door cab version as well as a four-door crew version.
The loading area of the double-cabin version can accommodate a europallet, while the single-cabin one supports two. The payload has increased to 1.2 tons, while the towing load can reach 3.5 tons. The loading platform is equipped with ropes through the fixing eyes, each of which can support up to 500 kg. An electric boot lid is available as an option. Thanks to the roof load of 350 kg, the new Amarok also makes it possible to set up a roof tent for 4 people.
employee or lifestyle
The new pickup generation offers five different equipment variants. Basically, we have the Amarok, known for its work look and neutral skirts. Lifestyle and Fashion variants are more upmarket and more urban. The Panamericana and Adventura versions are more “lifestyle” – the latter is characterized by, among other things, electrically adjustable leather seats and a Harman Kardon sound system.
In the passenger segment, the Germans have fully invested in infusing the new Amarok with the Volkswagen identity. The cockpit is digital. The instrument cluster includes an 8- or 12-inch screen, depending on equipment, and the center console has a touch screen of at least ten inches, which increases to twelve inches from the Style equipment. Despite the touch screen, we still find the presence of a few buttons and switches as well as a rotary push button for setting all-wheel drive modes.
Although a rear-wheel-drive variant is planned for some markets, the Amarok will be available in Switzerland with a choice of permanent or permanent all-wheel drive. All engines are from Ford. These are four-cylinder diesels with power from 125 kW/170 hp to 154 kW/210 hp as well as a 3.0 liter V6 diesel with 177 kW/241 hp. High-end versions come standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while other engines will be available with a combination of 6-speed and 5- and 6-speed manual transmissions.
An array of support systems make this workhorse a modern car. These include distance control, traffic sign detection or LED matrix lights. Among the electronic driving devices there are also six driving modes that support the driver, among other things, on slippery terrain or in difficult terrain. VW has not yet released the price of the new Amarok.