The cooperation between Ford and VW decided in 2019 is increasingly bearing fruit. The latest child is the new generation of the VW Amarok pick-up model, which is essentially a Ford Ranger.
This ended at VW after ten years in 2020 Pick-up adventure Amarok. At least for the production site in Hanover and thus also for the German market. The series returns at the end of this year. Under the sheet metal skin, however, is the Ford Ranger. In the future, both models will be produced in parallel at the South African Ford plant in Silverton for Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Africa.
VW has put more effort into the new edition authentic Amarok look to miss. The silhouette corresponds to that of the Ranger, but the front is characterized by a VW face with an independently styled radiator grille and headlight combination. As with the old Amarok, the wheel arches are semicircular, and the model name is embossed in large letters on the sheet metal of the tailgate.
Compared to old Amarok, which will continue to be built for the South American market in Argentina in the coming years, the new edition has grown by 10 centimeters in length to 5,35 meters. The wheelbase has increased by 17 centimeters to 3,27 meters. As is typical for the segment, there will be a version with a two-door single cab and a four-door double cab. A Euro pallet fits on the loading area of the version with double cab, two pallets are possible with the single cab. The payload has increased to 1,2 tons, the towing capacity is up to 3,5 tons. The loading area is equipped with lashing eyes that can take loads of up to 500 kilograms. An optional cargo box can be combined with an electric roll cover. Thanks to a roof load of 350 kilograms, the new Amarok also for the assembly of a four-person roof tent.
Five trim levels are planned for the new pick-up generation. The basis is the Amarok, which is characterized by a workhorse look distinguished with unpainted aprons. Life and style are of higher quality and look more urban. The Panamericana and Adventura versions drive up with a decidedly lifestyle appeal. The latter are characterized, among other things, by electrically adjustable leather seats and one that is optionally available for other equipment Harman Kardon sound system .
In the interior, Volkswagen has also made some effort to breathe a VW identity into the new Amarok. The cockpit is digital. Depending on the equipment, there is a choice of 8 or 12-inch displays in the instrument cluster. There is also a touchscreen of at least 10 inches in the center console, which grows to 12 inches from the Style equipment. Despite the touchscreen, the workplace still offers a few buttons and switches as well as a rotary pushbutton for setting the four-wheel drive modes.
While a rear-wheel drive variant is also planned for some markets, the Amarok in Germany will be available with a switchable or permanent all-wheel drive to be available The engines are all from Ford. There will be three four-cylinder diesels with a power range from 110 kW/150 hp to 154 kW/209 hp across all markets, with the weakest version being reserved for the African markets. Alternatively, there is a 3,0-liter V6 diesel with 177 kW/241 hp to choose from. A 222 kW/302 hp 2,3-liter turbo petrol engine is also not planned for Germany. Beyond 154 kW/210 hp, all drives are combined with a 10-speed automatic. There will also be combinations with a 6-speed automatic and manual transmissions with 5 and 6 speeds, again depending on the market.
The new Amarok will have a range of assistance systems. These include adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition and the IQ.Light LED matrix light. The electronic driving aids also include six driving modes that support the driver on slippery surfaces or in difficult terrain, among other things.
VW has not yet announced prices for the new Amarok. The Ford Ranger, which is offered in Germany at prices starting at 36.600 euros, offers a rough guide.