Move over Nissan, there’s a new bakkie in town

2009-12-18 13:55

PICK-UP designs by well-known brands like Toyota, Nissan and Isuzu has evolved in the last few years and this had led to many crowding the cities streets without being used for what they are made to do.

Many of such owners will often cringe at bakkies similar to theirs being “overworked” by farmers while producing the country’s food.

While these are established products to deliver your 1-tonne bakkies, Volkswagen has decided to enter the same market when it unveiled its Amarok. South Africa will be one of three countries in the world to launch the Amarok next year.

As a bonus to the anticipated launch, the Amarok is quite a stunner and has mega-pimp potential as well.

The Amarok is the fourth model series of VW’s commercial line up which includes the Caddy, T5 and Crafter. This new vehicle is also the first 1-tonne class pick-up to be developed in Germany.

VW says the Amarok unifies the robustness demanded of a pick-up with innovative technology, high safety standards and top values in fuel efficiency, comfort and ergonomics.

The bakkies will be produced at the Pacheco plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will be available first in four-door version with double cab. A single cab model will be made available in early 2011.

VW has chosen two fuel-efficient and clean high-tech turbo-diesels engines for of this exciting product. There is a 120kW powered 2.0 TDI with common rail injection which has two-stage bi-turbo turbo-charging. It will produce 400Nm of torque.
 
The other engine is a four-cylinder TDI with 90 kW of power which will follow as a second engine variant later in 2010. It also has a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and develops 340Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Though it is a 1-tonner, the Amarok with switchable all-wheel drive will consume a claimed 7.6 litres of fuel per 100km in the 4x4 version with the 90kW TDI model. The 120kW model’s fuel consumption is quoted as 7.8 l/100km.

The Amarok’s 80-litre tank will make it possible to travel a range of about 1 000km. This is the first time an all-wheel drive vehicle has been offered in this class whose COemissions are less than 200 grams.

Beside the all-wheel drive, the bakkies can also be switched to offer a rear-wheel drive which is intended for customers who mainly choose the pick-up for its body form and its versatility. The switchable all-wheel drive variant (4x4) is right at home on all terrains.

The vehicles will come standard with 17-inch wheels and tyres as well as styling bar to running boards, cargo cover and Multi-Connect load securing system. It also offers loads of space for passengers and cargo.

On the safety front, the Amarok has four airbags, an electronic stability programme and an anti-lock brake system.

The Amarok launch will make its debut in South America, followed by South Africa and Australia as these are key markets for the pick-up because of their versatility.
 

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