Details of All-New 2023 Volkswagen Amarok Emerge: Petrol Engine, Manual, Chassis Cab and More Might Arrive in Australia! – Automotive News
The 2023 Volkswagen Amarok is set to shake things up to set itself apart from its co-developed cousin, the 2023 Ford Ranger.
As such, the next-generation VW Amarok ute range should offer buyers a few different choices than the Ranger it’s based on – including the potential for different powertrains and transmission choices.
This is despite the fact that the new Amarok and Ranger were co-developed – and although the Amarok does not share similar body panels or exterior styling features – it means that the Australian expertise that has shaped the new generation Ford ute will carry over to the new Amarok. In fact, Volkswagen has based a design team in Australia to work alongside Ford’s Ranger team to help differentiate the two utility vehicles.
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Australia is currently the biggest market in the world for the VW Amarok, so it stands to reason that the brand is investing heavily in the success of the new Amarok. It also means the VW brand could have better insight into what people want and/or need from the second-generation pickup.
Some of the differentiating factors, compared to Ranger, could include a range of five-seat, double-cab only pick-ups – although the company’s Australian arm said it was examining whether there was room for a two-seater single-seater. cabin or four-seater extra cabin version of the Amarok this time around.
VW offered single-cab versions of Amarok in the initial launch phase of the first-generation utility, both as a cab chassis and a pickup, but the market felt that double-cab utilities were the most successful offer.
Does that mean there won’t be a Chassis Cab for the new ute? Not necessarily, because the company left Cars Guide be aware that it might well offer a Chassis Cab version, though it could be reserved for a base 2WD Single Cab. It’s a big TBC, though.
Speaking of grades, you’re likely to see five different trim levels for the 2023 Amarok lineup – and while we don’t have any official images or footage of the lower-spec models yet, the computer-generated render here shows you what. you’ll probably see in the base version, which will simply be known as Amarok.
And while it will have the tell-tale cues of the base model like steel wheels, vinyl flooring, cloth seats, and – unusual for utes these days – plastic bumpers no painted, it will, unlike the basic Ranger XL model, have LED lighting even on the cheapest versions.
Above the base Amarok grade will be the Life and Style trim levels, adding larger wheels, body-coloured bumpers and other extras – but all of these models will be slightly more work-oriented, like older Core and Trendline versions. Then there will be a pair of more eye-catching flagship variants, known as the Aventura and Panamericana.
These are the ones you mainly see in the video above – the blue ute, which looks more like a Ranger Wildtrak, is the Aventura. It rolls on 20-inch wheels, has the trademark Matrix LED headlights, and also has a glider over the tub, electronic cargo cover and chrome exterior details to help it stand out.
The other premium version is more of a rugged take on the premium theme, with the Panamericana adopting 18-inch black alloys with all-terrain tires, blacked-out exterior elements, including a sports tub bar, a dark finish bumpers and model-specific decals on the doors.
Inside, you can expect even lower-spec models to come with a digital instrument panel (8.0-inch on Amarok and Life trim lines, 12.0-inch on Style and above ) and a portrait-style multimedia system, entry models in front have a 10.0-inch screen and higher-performance versions have a larger 12.0-inch screen with satellite navigation.
Volkswagen will fit a range of safety features as standard on all trims, including adaptive cruise control with traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assist, rear view camera and parking sensors. And in a big change for the Amarok, the new version scores nine airbags, including rear seat curtain airbag coverage that the latest model controversially lacked.
The bed space or load tub (also known as a load box) can hold a Euro pallet between the arches, and VW claims a payload capacity of up to 1.16 tonnes. It may be even higher on Chassis Cab models, but that detail remains unknown at this stage. The Ranger, for context, has a payload capacity of up to over 1400kg for base Chassis Cab Utilities.
Although you might have already guessed that the powertrain options will be similar on the Ranger and Amarok, there are a few differences.
The Ranger is exclusively automatic-only, but the Amarok may well be offered with an entry-level six-speed manual version. It’s a big maybe.
What’s not a maybe is the petrol powertrain that VW is going to offer in Australia – it’s a 2.3-litre turbo-petrol engine with plenty of power and torque – 222kW and 454Nm. Ford doesn’t offer this engine here, and no other brand is currently selling a petrol-turbo four-cylinder in the Australian market – so that will be a big point of difference.
Other engine choices confirmed for Australia closely mirror those sold by the Blue Oval brand, including a single 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 125kW and 405Nm, which is expected to come with a 10-speed automatic and possibly also a six-speed manual.
Then there’s the twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel which doses the grunt by around 23 per cent for power and torque to 154kW and 500Nm, and that will be automatic only. Again, a ten-speed, and it will likely only be sold with VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
And at the top of the range is the V6 turbo diesel with 184kW and 600Nm – more torque than ever available in any Amarok-badged ute – and gives it a strong advantage over four-cylinder-only rivals like the D-Max, BT-50, Triton and HiLux.
Of course, VW has had a V6 diesel in its Amarok lineup for years now, and it accounted for 85% of Amarok sales in the last few years of the first generation.
The V6 is expected to be offered on at least three of the five available Amarok trim lines, and it will come standard with a 10-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.
The maximum braked towing capacity is set at 3.5 tonnes for the diesel models, but the capacity of the petrol version remains unknown at this stage.
We also don’t know what the official combined cycle fuel consumption will be for the Amarok model range, but the brand has confirmed that all models will run on an 80-litre fuel tank, and diesels will now get an Adblue tank. almost fifty percent larger, too.
Are you excited to see what the new Amarok will offer when it arrives in Australia in early 2023? Stay tuned for more information – including pricing, full detailed specs and official Amarok grade images – as it comes.