Volkswagen’s new Amarok pickup is now available to buy. With prices starting at £32,493 for the Trendline variant, the Amarok features a 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel engines, and four-wheel-drive replacing the old 2.0-litre TDI diesel unit.
Other features to have been improved include the headlights; optional bi-xenon versions with integrated LED daytime running lights are available. Larger alloy wheels are also an option.
The top specification Avetura edition will contain all these features as standard, in addition to a sat nav, automatic parking assistant, a high-tech infotainment system and a special durabed coated cargo box. This is also the only spec that comes with the exclusive Ravenna metallic paint finish. This version of the Avetura is priced at £39,381.
A wide range of safety equipment comes as standard on the new Amarok: four airbags, electronic stability programme, and an automatic post collision braking system. The pickup also has a reversing camera.
Looks wise, the Amarok appears as sturdy as ever. Thick, chunky wheels and firm, bold, straight lined styling adds a tough appearance, making the Amarok stick out from the crowd. The interior features a smartly laid out dashboard, and a good amount of space for its occupants.
Every Amarok features the same 3.0-litre V6 diesel, but each comes with a different power output, plus the option of either a manual or automatic transmission on certain models.
Units currently available to purchase now are a 204ps model with an automatic gearbox, a 224ps version with an over-boost function to give 240ps, also mated to an automatic gearbox and an impressive 550nm of torque, which helps give low down power when it’s needed for towing or pulling itself up steep terrain.
Two manual versions with 163ps and 204ps will be released later in the year.
All engines are capable of an average of 38.7mpg and emit between 203 and 204g/km of CO2, an improvement on the previous engine. With a top speed of 114 and 119mph and a 0-62mph time of 9.1 and eight seconds, it can’t be classed as slow.
Customers are able to order their cars now. Deliveries are set to begin in January.