Updated version of the Amarok pick-up truck will go on sale in September, powered by a new 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine

The facelifted Volkswagen Amarok has been revealed, and will go on sale later this year.

Chief among the Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara rival's upgrades is a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, which will be available in 161bhp, 201bhp and 221bhp forms. Top-end versions of the engine produce 406lb ft of torque. In comparison, the current Amarok comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel with up to 161bhp and 295lb ft.

Read our Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 TDI 224 Highline review here

The engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models. A manual transmission will also be offered on some versions.

Volkswagen says that in its lowest-powered form, the new Amarok should be capable of returning 37.1mpg with CO2 emissions of around 199g/km. In both cases, that's more economical than the current car. VW says that in each of its three states of tune, the new V6 engine complies with Euro 6 emissions standards.

Other mechanical upgrades for the new Amarok include larger brake discs, and lighter Servotronic steering, which VW says will allow the car to be driven very precisely. The suite of safety equipment also now includes post-collision braking, and drivers can opt for a rear-view camera to help with parking.

While updates to the Amarok's exterior styling are relatively minor - a new front bumper and headlight arrangement as well as larger alloy wheels - the interior comes with a new dashboard layout designed to improve the pick-up's ergonomics. Despite the design changes, the Amarok's exterior dimensions have not changed.

While the previous Amarok could tow loads of up to 3.2 tonnes, Volkswagen says future variants will be able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes.

The new Amarok will go on sale in September, with the most powerful variants being offered first. Prices have yet to be revealed, but they are likely to be slightly higher than the current car, which is priced from £20,930.

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2 May 2016
Darren Moss wrote:

Volkswagen says that in its lowest-powered form, the new Amarok should be capable of returning 37.1mpg with CO2 emissions of around 199g/km. In both cases, that's more economical than the current car.

A quick trip to VWs own German configurator has the 138hp manual Amarok quoted at 179g/Km, and 195g/Km with the 178hp/8 speed auto combo.



2 May 2016
Few cars look more stupid than a ute on 22 inch wheels.

2 May 2016
Does it still have 16th century cart springs for rear suspension ?

XXXX just went POP.

2 May 2016
Top of Gypsies shopping lists..

2 May 2016
I guess this is VW finally acknowledging that in such a big car it is impossible to have reasonable emissions and performance at the same time from a 2.0 diesel, without running extremely lean (and thus increasing NOX emissions). Another dieselgate fallout, then...

2 May 2016
I bet Nissan are regretting dropping their 3.0L V6 Diesel from the previous generation Navara now. This truck is still a pretender to the Japanese pick ups, perhaps a decent engine will elevate its capabilities, will it have a low range gear box lie the Japanese trucks?

2 May 2016
The Navara betters it in the fuel economy stakes with all variants offering over 40mpg and up to 44mpg for the manuals.

3 May 2016
I'm not a VW fan, but they deserve credit for making attractive cars, trucks and vans. The Anorak was already attractive, and now looks even better. Apart from the Scirocco every car looks pretty good.

3 May 2016
I thought VW was trying to change its image following dieselgate? I'm not sure that stuffing an even bigger oil burner into its one of its most pointlessly large vehicles, and then guilding it with yet bling is a good move. An electric UP might be more appropriate.

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