Volkswagen Australia looks set to appeal to existing petrol owners with the next-generation Amarok in early 2023.
gave 2023 Volkswagen Amarok The dual-cab ute will feature the optional 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine on the flagship Aventura, which sits alongside the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 expected to make up the vast majority of sales.
It produces. 222kW and 452NmCompared to 184kW and 600Nm for the V6 diesel. Both engines are matched together. 10-speed torque converter automatic transmissionwith Full time four wheel drive And Low range.
These engines are shared under its skin with the twin, Ford Ranger, but the Ford-sourced turbo four – as found in the Mustang and Focus ST – is not available with the Australian-only diesel Ranger.
According to local Volkswagen commercial vehicles director Ryan Davies, interest in the petrol engine has been higher than expected, with its availability likely to extend beyond the range-topping variant.
“When we initially looked at it, we thought it was an interesting engine, but we may have understated the mix for the car. It seems like there’s a lot more interest in this engine than we expected,” They said.
“You have to remember that basically we’ve been 85-90 percent V6 diesel models for a long time, so we obviously thought we were going to dominate that V6 diesel category.
“But there’s been a lot of interest in the petrol engine from consumers but also from journalists, quite interesting, so that’s interesting.”
However, the executive was quick to point out the popularity of diesel engines in the dual-cab ute segment, where customers appreciate the strong performance and 3.5-tonne towing capacity.
“In this market, a lot of people pull. And a lot of people who want a diesel, and they want a V6 diesel. And the reason they want it is because they need the power to be able to tow. , but also range, and I’m not sure petrol gives you that kind of range if you’re towing,” Davis said.
So, who would be interested in a turbo-petrol dual cab?
Volkswagen Australia spokesman Dan de Gasperi said it would appeal to drivers of existing Volkswagen passenger cars and those who need the practicality of a ute without a towing, off-road or long-distance requirements.
“In terms of the turbo-petrol four-cylinder, however, this Amarok gives us a chance to speak more to the current Volkswagen. [passenger vehicle] Owners, possibly, compared to [the previous] Amrok’s race,” he said.
“Volkswagen is known for petrol engines in the Australian market, so there’s the potential for some crossovers for people who aren’t buying this car to tow or go off-road, or so on. But they’re a There may be sole traders, and they may have a family, and they want the extra refinement and quietness of petrol.”
2023 Volkswagen Amarok: What’s Coming to Australia
As reported, 2023 Volkswagen Amarok It will arrive in Australian showrooms in the first half of 2023, with full details – including pricing – expected in the coming weeks.
Five grades – Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura – will be offered with four engines: a single or twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel, a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 diesel and a single-turbo. 2.3 liter four cylinder petrol.
Davis added, “We know it’s definitely in the four figures in terms of pre-orders, but until you get the final pricing and specifications, and then ultimately, the allotment of cars. Nothing is done.”
It will be offered exclusively in four-wheel-drive dual-cab ute body, with the single-cab and cab chassis variants being ruled out.