More than 830,000 first generation Amaroks were sold worldwide since its introduction in 2010. A major model update in 2016 saw the addition of Vtheir more powerful and refined V6 TDI engines, and according to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCI), opening the Amarok up to a whole new customer base.
VW boasts that the second-generation Amarok model just launched with a starting price of €47,355, builds on an already successful formula. This it claims is thanks to the addition of more than 25 assistance systems, infotainment displays measuring up to 12.3in, and high-quality materials throughout. It is available in Ireland as a double cab, four-door pick-up.
It adds that the new Amarok is the perfect partner for any work or leisure activity thanks to a payload of up to 1.19 tonnes and 3.5 ton towing capacity. Powered by efficient four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines, VCI says that the Amarok is already a firm favourite with Irish buyers.
It is available in five trim levels – ‘Amarok’, ‘Life’, ‘Style’, ‘PanAmericana’ and ‘Aventura’.
At 5,350 mm long, the new Amarok is 96 mm longer than its predecessor. A wheelbase of 3,270 mm represents an increase of 173 mm, and VCI says that this providies more room in the spacious double cab.
It adds that the reduced overhangs result in crisp proportions and improved off-road capability. Ramp angles have been increased to 30-degrees at the front and 26-degrees at the back to improve clearance on rough terrain. Meanwhile, wading depth (hopefully not an issue for the vast majority) has been boosted from 500 mm to 800 mm.
Designed by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles to go anywhere, the new Amarok comes as standard with all-wheel drive. It says that three efficient four- and six-cylinder turbo diesel engines deliver the power needed for any task.
The range starts with a 168HP version of the 2.0-litre TDI power unit (available in entry-level Amarok and Life) trims. Stepping up to the Style model increases output of the 2.0 TDI engine to 202HP and adds a 10-speed automatic transmission (optional in Life trim).
VCI claims that their acclaimed six-cylinder, 3-litre TDI power plant – the refined V6 that gave pick-ups mainstream appeal in Ireland – is available in Style, PanAmerica and Aventura models. Power has increased to 237HP, making light work of heavy loads, while power is channelled through a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
In Ireland, all Amaroks with automatic transmissions are allowed to tow trailers up to 3.5 tonnes. The permissible total weight of vehicle and trailer has increased from 6 to 6.5 tonnes. Meanwhile, the maximum payload has also increased, to 1.19 tonnes.
The Amarok comes with all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as standard. Depending on specification, up to 25 assistance systems make driving safer and even more effortless. Assistance features include automatic cruise control system, a parking assistant, 360-degree all-round view (‘Area View’), lane change assistant and road sign recognition.
Bold and dynamic, the new Amarok has an upright bonnet with integrated LED headlights as standard. Half-round wheel arches give Volkswagen’s pick-up its distinctive look while the word Amarok is emblazoned across the tailgate.
With its practical controls and digital screens, the interior has been configured with function and quality in mind. VCI says that premium materials resemble those from the luxurious Volkswagen Touareg. Meanwhile, the instrument panel’s layout is clear, well structured, and ergonomically tailored to the driver.
The new Amarok range starts from €47,355 for the entry-level Amarok model with a 2.0TDI 168HP engine. Standard equipment is generous, including power folding mirrors, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, VW Connect with eCall Emergency System and Online Voice Control, LED headlights, a 10.1in infotainment system, 8in multifunction display, semi-automatic air conditioning, Traffic Sign Recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear-View Camera and parking sensors.