Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has recently taken the wraps off the updated Amarok pick-up truck, now also packing a six-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
The German automaker’s commercial unit has decided to add some elegance to the Amarok while also beefing up its credentials, introducing to the series a turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine. The mill will run in three power levels: 163 hp / 120 kW, 204 hp / 150 kW, and 224 hp / 165 kW. The toughest option will also come with a good torque figure of 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). The previous flagship diesel iteration was a meager biturbodiesel 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 180 hp / 420 Nm.
VW offers the Amarok with a rear-wheel drive platform and a 4MOTION setup with rear-wheel drive and a hookable front axle if you go for the manual transmission. Additionally there’s a permanent all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system with Torsen differential in combination with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engineers also played around with the settings to enable lower fuel consumption, with the top of the line 3.0 TDI V6 / eight-speed auto combo delivering a combined 7.6 liters / 100 km in the NEDC, with CO2 emissions of 199 g/km.
Other highlights of the update include a new Servotronic steering system as standard in Europe. The flagship version also has new 17-inch disc front / 16-inch rear disc brakes. The design chapter has been lightly touched – there’s a new body-colored sports bar for the Amarok Aventura, the new launch version for Europe. It also packs 20-inch alloy wheels and a host of equipments such as bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED license plate lighting and LED illuminated side sills. Inside the cabin boasts a redesigned dashboard and new seats, with the Aventura also boasting Park Distance Control (with rearview camera) and for all trims the Automatic Post-Collision Braking System will be standard.