Then, last year, VW announced the arrival of a second-generation model, based on the Ford Ranger, which according to the German carmaker, was a crucial aspect of the development process. In fact, the chairman of the board of management for VW Commercial Vehicles, Thomas Sedran (now former chairman), flat out said that without this Ford partnership, a second-gen Amarok would not have been developed.
Meanwhile, Sedran’s successor, Professor Dr. Carsten Intra, had this to say about the all-new Amarok earlier this year: “It’s not going to be just a fantastic pickup, it’s going to be a genuine Volkswagen too – with clear DNA in both technology and design.”
Speaking of design, VW released the first teaser for the Ranger-based 2023 Amarok back in March and naturally, those early sketches often if not always exaggerate the visuals and the proportions. Sure, it would be amazing if the new Amarok came with those massive bulging arches, that much ground clearance, large off-road wheels and bold front-end styling – but the real product will surely tone those things down. So, the question becomes: by how much?
Now, thanks to Bernhard Reichel, we can show you these detailed renderings of the second-generation Amarok. The artist clearly used the official sketch as a starting point, before bringing it down to Earth a bit. Even so, if the new Amarok ends up looking anything like these renderings, we’ll be thrilled, because the design is both rugged as well as modern, and it matches what Intra said about the upcoming pickup.
But wait, here’s where things get even more exciting, because not too long ago, VW Australia exec Nick Reid had this to say in an interview with Motoring: “There’s still a place for an off-road version. This market is huge and you can’t ignore that, so it’s something at the back of our minds.”
This could mean multiple things, including a Ranger Raptor-based Amarok, or simply one that’s genuinely off-road-focused, like the real-life Amarok W580.
Ultimately, if the second-gen Amarok ends up looking anywhere near this good, it might just become one of the coolest mid-size trucks on the market. VW could really use such a “win”.