VW reveals new Amarok

2017-05-10 06:02
The new look Amarok. Photo: supplied

The new look Amarok. Photo: supplied

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THE latest iteration of Volkswagen’s double cab pick-up was revealed worldwide in June 2016, marking a step change in the model’s history.

With a refreshed external look, the new Amarok is now available with the much-anticipated new 3.0-litre V6 165kW TDI engine. Additional new features include an all-new interior and the latest in in-car infotainment systems as well as additional safety and technology elements.

The Amarok set new standards in the local LCV segment when it was introduced in September 2010.

The 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine is the only six-cylinder diesel engine in the segment. The top-of-the-range engine delivers 165kW of power that is available at 550 Nm of torque channelled through its standard eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The V6 engine pushes the Amarok to a top speed of 193km/h and sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 8.0 seconds.

From the outside the new Amarok distinguishes itself from the previous model through a redesigned front bumper and radiator grille incorporating front fog lights, new alloy wheels and a third brake light with LED technology. Aligned with the latest Volkswagen DNA seen in the new Caddy, Transporter and forthcoming Crafter, horizontal lines dominate the front of the new model, with much cleaner-looking, angled folds and edges.

Inside the cab the changes are more prominent with an all-new dashboard design which incorporates Volkswagen’s modular infotainment system with touchscreen radio, App-Connect, Bluetooth and USB interface (iPod/IPhone compatible).

A comprehensive list of safety equipment comes as standard on every new Amarok, including four airbags, Electronic Stabilisation Programme and Volkswagen’s award-winning Automatic Post-Collision Braking System which can reduce the chance or severity of a secondary accident in the event of a collision.

The new model retains the previous Amarok’s dimensions: it measures 5.25m long, 2.23m wide and 1.83m high. Its load area continues to measure 2.52m2, meaning it can accommodate a Euro pallet sideways.

The new Amarok is expected to appeal to a similar profile of buyers, retaining its position as a technically advanced pick-up which is as comfortable to drive as it is rugged and capable over rough terrain. With its new engine and even more car-like features and cab, it is also likely to pique the interest of buyers who may previously have shopped in the classic SUV segment.

Since its launch in 2010, over 29 000 Amarok units (single and double cabs) have been sold in South Africa.

The Amarok’s new 3.0-litre V6 engine gives the pick-up its biggest boost, not only in performance and endowing it with a unique position in the segment, but also in terms of emissions and fuel consumption.

The engine, with a cylinder angle of 90 degrees, was first used in the Audi A6 and A7 in 2014, and the latest ‘Generation II Evo’ as it is known, is especially robust. It has 24 valves and overhead camshafts.

At higher speeds, the long top gears of the automatic transmission reduce the engine revs and lower fuel consumption.

The 3.0-litre V6 generates 165kW from 3 000 to 4 500 rpm and 550 Newton metres of torque from 1 400 to 1 750 rpm. With an overboost, the power output is increased to 180kW and torque to 580Nm for about 10 seconds. This is helpful when overtaking. The Amarok with V6 engine completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint in just 8.0 seconds and has a top speed of 193km/h. It has an average fuel consumption of 9.0 litres per 100 kilometres.

The new Amarok has a fuel tank capacity of 80 litres.

If the Amarok’s external changes seem subtle, inside the cab there is no doubt that this is a new vehicle, and in spite of its rugged off-road credentials, the Amarok is a safe, comfortable and extremely car-like place to be.

Despite its size, getting into the Amarok is easy thanks to doors that swing open wide and grab handles, which help occupants climb into the cab.

Inside, the Amarok has the feel and ambience of a comfortable passenger car. The height-adjustable front seats feature sporty contoured side bolsters that have been optimised to provide maximum comfort and top ergonomic characteristics.

Doing away with round contours and concentrating on horizontal and vertical lines makes not only the front, but also the interior appear more striking and pronounced. Both make the Amarok more attractive as a pick-up and also increase the new vehicle’s appeal to customers who have been catered for by the traditional SUV segment in the past.

- Supplied.



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