Stylistically, the Amarok takes after the Caddy and T6 Transporter with a redesigned front bumper incorporating new foglights, new grille, new alloy wheel designs and LED third brake. Inside, the changes include a new dashboard with the previous infotainment display making way for a new 6.3-inch setup.
Spec-wise, the Trendline makes way for the Comfortline as the new base offering, with the Highline serving as mid-range point followed by the new Highline Plus. At the sharp end, the Extreme replaces the Ultimate in being offered only with the powerplant.
As for equipment levels, the Comfortline comes equipped with 17-inch Posadas alloy wheels, Kemisu fabric seats, electric windows, Composition Media sound system, heated rear window, body-coloured door handles and mirrors, height adjustable seats and Climatic air-conditioning. A multi-function steering wheel, folding and heated electric mirrors and rear park distance control are optional.
Moving on up, the Highline adds Manaus 18-inch alloys, partial chrome plated mirrors, smoked taillights, chrome rear bumper, four 12-volt power sockets, automatic air-conditioning, multi-function steering wheel and chrome foglight surrounds. Options include 17 or 19-inch alloys, Vienna leather seats, front and rear park distance control with reverse camera, bi-xenon headlights and daytime running LEDs.
Boasting many of the aforementioned extras as standard, the Highline Plus mainly adds the upgraded Discover Media infotainment system with satellite navigation, while the 19-inch alloys are optional.
Capping the range off, the Extreme features 20-inch Talca alloys, bi-xenon headlights with daytime running LEDs, 14-way adjustable ergoComfort front seats with nappa leather covers, front and rear park distance control with reverse camera, Discover Pro system and a model exclusive Ravenna Blue paint finish. A body coloured sports bar can be had as an option.
As mentioned though, the main highlight comes up front with the inclusion of Volkswagen's proven 3.0 TDI engine, tuned to deliver 165 kW and 550 Nm of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and with permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive, the new oil burner also incorporates an overboost function allowing for a maximum output 180 kW and 580 Nm for about 10 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 193 km/h with the 0-100 km/h dash taking eight seconds, and fuel consumption rated at 9.0 L/100 km.
Despite the availability of a less powerful 150 kW V6 in Europe, Volkswagen has retained the popular 2.0 TDI (103 kW / 340 Nm) and 2.0 BiTDI (132 kW / 420 Nm) engines matched to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic 'box.
A three year / 100 000 km warranty and five year / 90 000 km service plan is standard across the range.
|2.0 TDI Comfortline||R487 700|
|2.0 TDI Comfortline 4Motion||R544 900|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline||R521 900|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion||R573 000|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline AT||R539 400|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion AT||R590 600|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline Plus AT||R591 900|
|2.0 BiTDI Highline Plus 4Motion AT||R643 100|
|2.0 BiTDI Extreme 4Motion AT||R673 600|
|3.0 TDI Highline 4Motion AT||R665 700|
|3.0 TDI Highline Plus 4Motion AT||R716 600|
|3.0 TDI Extreme 4Motion AT||R748 600|