Using the entry-level Trendline double cab as a base, the 163 TDI as its name indicates, punches out 163 pferdestarke or 120 kW from the V6 mill, with torque rated at 450 Nm. In a departure from both the 150 kW and 165 kW versions, the 163 drops the eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox for a six-speed manual, and the permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive system for a selectable, four-wheel drive setup with low range.
Despite the drop in both power and torque, Volkswagen claims that the 163 can complete the 0-100 km/h dash in 9.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 177 km/h. Fuel consumption is a claimed 8.7 L/100 km and emissions at 228 g/km.
Noteworthy standard items consists of 17-inch Posadas alloy wheels, the 6.3-inch Composition Media infotainment system with App Connect, cruise control and climatronic air-conditioning.
Priced from £24 510 (R412 530), order books for the Amarok 163 TDI V6 Trendline have already opened with deliveries expected to commence in May. As the 163 TDI is likely to clash with the 2.0-litre BiTDi on local soil though, it might just remain a no-no for South Africans.