TThey 2023 Volkswagen Amarok Will hit Australian showrooms in early 2023, but single-cab or cab-chassis variants remain off the table.
Volkswagen Australia has confirmed the second-generation, Ford Ranger-based Amarok will launch exclusively. Dual cab, four wheel drive guise in the first half of next year.
Local executives told the media this week that the decision is in line with the sales mix of the first-generation model. A big preference for the flagship V6 diesel variants.
“We’re not going to play in the single-cab space. That’s not an area we’ve typically, or historically, done well in. We’ve only had 4×4 double cabs as our bread and butter. are going to focus on,” said Ryan Davis, director of local Volkswagen commercial vehicles.
While Volkswagen has yet to unveil single-cab or cab-chassis versions of the new Amarok, official images submitted to the European Patent Office reveal a stripped-back model with an unpainted front bumper and possible Halogen lighting is standard.
A single-cab version of the previous Amarok was introduced in 2012, but was discontinued at the start of its mid-life update – which saw the introduction of a V6 turbo diesel in 2016. A cab chassis version was available until 2019. .
“For a start, the Ranger and Amarok are two significantly different vehicles, both from a styling perspective and when you look inside. [at] technology integration etc, but they also appeal to a very different buyer,” Volkswagen Australia spokesman Dan de Gasperi said.
“The Amarok is definitely going to be a more premium proposition, and it fits where [the previous-generation] The Amarok sits well with the type of buyers we see buying an Amarok, who want the upper edge of a premium feel,” added De Gasperi.
As previously announced, the next-generation ute will offer five grades in Australia, with a single or twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel, or an Amarok-first 2.3-litre available. Turbocharged four-cylinder petrol.
New trims are Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmericana and Aventura.
These powertrains are shared with the Ranger, but only diesel mills are offered locally on Ford.
Worth noting is that while the Ford Ranger is automatic-only, the entry-level Amarok will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission – among the standard features that are only available on the flagship Ranger variants, e.g. LED headlights, a wireless phone charger and a trailer. brake controller.
While a Ranger Raptor-competing variant with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 is unlikely, the marque’s partnership with Walkinshaw will continue for locally engineered modified variants.
This opens the door for an Amarok W-Series with a four-cylinder petrol unit, joining the units with the flagship diesel V6 powertrain.
Australian pricing and full details of the second-generation Amarok will be detailed in the coming months.