Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released the first official images and more details of its new pick-up, the VW Amarok.
The Amarok, which will be available as a four-door double cab version from launch with a single cab model to follow in 2011 will attack the supremacy of Toyota Hilux.
Production of the Amarok is about to start at the Volkswagen factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina ahead of its worldwide launch starting in its native South America in early 2010 and in Europe next summer, with first models expected to be in UK Volkswagen Van Centres in September 2010.
It is 5.25 m long with a ladder frame chassis, has a payload capacity of up to 1.15 tonnes and maximum towing limit will be 2.8 tonnes.
The new pickup from VW will be offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive and switchable or permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive with Torsen differential (40:60 ratio front: rear)
Designed for off-road terrain, but not only, the Amarok is offered with an electronic differential lock (EDL) and Off-Road ABS to significantly shorten braking distances in off-road conditions or gravel roads. At speeds of under 20 mph it also activates Hill Descent Assist to control hill descents by using selective braking interventions. Furthermore, the ESP Plus system includes Hill Hold Assist, which prevents the
vehicle from rolling back by holding it in place on inclines until the driver presses the accelerator pedal.
Under the bonnet there will be a choice of two 2.0-litre, Euro5 compliant, common rail TDI engines producing 163 PS, with torque of 400 Nm at a low 1,500 rpm, or 122 PS with maximum torque of 340 Nm from 2,000 rpm.
Prices and more specifications will be confirmed nearer the Amarok’s UK launch.
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