Which diesel engine does the new Volkswagen Amarok get?

With the confirmed release date of the new Amarok, everyone is wondering what the new diesel engine will be like

The next-generation double-cab Volkswagen Amarok has been officially announced with the first cars arriving in the early months of 2023.

The new Amarok will share its platform, four-wheel-drive system and basic proportions with the upcoming T6.2 Ford Ranger.

But the big question is, what will power the new Volkswagen Amarok?

The new Volkswagen Amarok undercover

The powertrain explained for the new Amarok

Volkswagen Australia has confirmed that the new Amarok will be powered by a petrol engine and up to four diesel engines for the next generation.

The biggest change will be to the top-of-the-range V6 diesel engine that was once supplied by the Volkswagen Group, but all of that will change with the introduction of the Ford Ranger’s 3.0-litre ‘Lion’ family turbo diesel engine.

This turbo-diesel V6 will produce 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque and will be mated to a four-wheel-drive system and a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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The Ford Ranger and Amarok will share the same 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel

Volkswagen has yet to confirm engine specifics, but chase cars understands that the factory in Rayong, Thailand, which will build the T6.2 Ranger and the new Amarok, was designed for a single diesel V6: the 3.0-liter “Lion” engine, or AJD-V6.

What are the origins of this engine?

The new V6 engine for Ranger and Amarok is part of the “Lion” engine family, but is a heavily revised version of the 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine that was used in Ford F- Truck such as the F-150.

The engine was a product of Ford’s partnership with PSA Peugeot Citroën with the latest engine family used in Australia in the form of the 2.7-litre powering the locally manufactured Territory SUV.

It was also used in 3.0-litre form in Land Rover and Jaguar products sold here in Australia.

2022 Ford Everest V6 engine
The Amarok will likely share the same V6 as the new Ford Ranger

In the new Ford Ranger, the 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel engine will rank quite high in the powertrain range and it will probably be the same situation with the new Amarok, but in Ford’s case the Ranger will also be offered with a 3.0 liter twin-turbo petrol engine for the Ranger Raptor which will be the pinnacle of the range.

A number of parts used in the 3.0 liter diesel V6 engine are new or significantly updated from a standard ‘Lion’ engine, including the crank – but speaking of substance with chase carsFord’s senior engineers are said to be undecided whether the engine is modern enough to receive a Euro 6 emissions rating.

When will the new Amarok be released in Australia??

Volkswagen will present the all-new Amarok in full in July this year, about a month after the local market launch of the Ford Ranger T6.2.

The first copies of the Amarok will arrive in Australia in November or December this year for dealer and media testing.

Deliveries to customers will begin in the first months of 2023 according to Volkswagen.

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