Its Achilles heel however is its 2.0-litre engine. Although as powerful as the bigger capacity engines offered by its rivals, customers seems to believe in that old saying: “No replacement for displacement.” Some have even compared its engine to that of a milk bottle. Well, not anymore.
This year the Amarok will be receiving - apart from some minor cosmetic enhancements - a 3.0-litre motor and here’s a list of what we can expect:
The face-lifted model will feature redesigned headlights, an updated front bumper and larger alloy wheels, while the interior has a redesigned dashboard and new ergonomic seats. A series of covers, hardtops, styling bars and coating are available for the cargo compartment, which is capable of carrying a Euro-pallet loaded sideways.
Under the hood:
Gone is the 2.0-litre BiTurbo; the new Amarok will now get a V6 turbodiesel. It will be available in three different power outputs: The entry level 120kW, 150kW and headline act will deliver 165kW with 550Nm.VW says that the engines - when mated to an eight-speed auto - can return a fuel consumption figure of around 7.5 litres/100km.
The benefits of the grunt:
Maximum payload capacity stands at more than one-tonne, while its towing capability has increased from the previous 3.2 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes.
Lower versions will be equipped with rear-wheel-drive and customers will get to choose between a manual or an eight-speed automatic gearbox. At an extra cost, Volkswagen will throw in the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system, lighter Servotronic steering and larger brake discs.
We’re not yet sure when the latest version of the Amarok will be available on our roads but what we do know is that the international launch should be around September. We can expect it between then and early next year. Pricing will be available closer to the time.