The Volkswagen Amarok is the VW group's workhorse. It is rugged and dependable, with all the ability you would expect of a pickup truck, and a bit of added class to offset the utilitarianism usually seen in this sector. The Amarok was first launched in 2011 and has fared well in the market, but after over ten years it is now due for replacement. The new incarnation, launched in 2022, is the result of a meeting of minds between Volkswagen and Ford, and will be built alongside the new Ranger. However, Volkswagen is clear that the Amarok will be a VW product through and through, and it will feature the brand's current design language, as seen on the Touareg and Tiguan.
The Volkswagen Amarok enjoys the commanding view of the road that four wheel drive pickup truck buyers expect. Its imposing size and crew cab layout with four doors and two rows of seats ensures that there is plenty of room for the driver and passengers to sit in comfort. Well equipped as standard and boasting comfortable seats, the Amarok will also get the benefit of VW's well-renowned interior design, and the impressive ergonomics that German car manufacturers do so well. The interior comfort of the Amarok belies the fact that this is supposed to be a utility vehicle, but VW is clear that quality and comfort should not be compromised. The Amarok has big wheels but also large tyres to provide a forgiving ride, while ensuring that it can tackle any off road use.
The new 2022 Volkswagen Amarok will be equipped with four wheel drive as standard to give it the capability for excellent performance both on and off the road, making it ideal for agricultural or all weather use. Engine choices are expected to include a range of turbocharged petrol and Diesel units offering flexibility, reasonable fuel economy and load-lugging ability. In line with the market's move towards electric power, the new Volkswagen Amarok is expected to also feature a plug-in hybrid with an electric motor mated to a turbocharged petrol engine, offering improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions.
There are also rumours of a high performance, 300bhp R version of the Amarok, which would be launched sometime after the core models. It remains to be seen whether this version will be produced.
While the new Amarok will be built alongside the Ford Ranger, it will be unmistakably a Volkswagen, distinct from its sibling. It will have VW's proprietary styling, with a full-width grille integrated with its headlights, as seen on other models in the range. Nobody said that pickups couldn't also be modern and stylish. Of course, the contemporary design will not overrule the practicality, with a generous load area and plenty of room for passengers. High quality, chunky switchgear is the order of the day aboard the Amarok, and those familiar with VW products will feel right at home in the well-made cabin.