Parking, air conditioning, and drive modes can be controlled in this fashion. Coincidentally, the next-gen Ford Ranger on which the Amarok is based also features a plethora of buttons right below its touchscreen. Rather than dismissing the German automaker for being a cheapskate, VW deserves a standing ovation for keeping all the essentials in physical form.
Described as premium although Volkswagen is anything but premium, the Amarok has been confirmed with numerous driver-assist systems, of which 20 are new to the mid-size pickup. The first generation sold in excess of 830,000 units worldwide, and the Wolfsburg-based automaker has very high expectations of the newcomer as well. To be revealed on July 7th, the all-new Amarok will be available as a four-door double cab in most countries. A handful of markets will also receive the two-door single cab.
Previously teased with IQ.Light matrix LED headlights, the Ranger’s twin will be offered with six- and ten-speed automatic transmissions developed by the Ford Motor Company. Under the hood, you’ll find four- and six-cylinder engines split between a handful of diesels and a gas-fed mill.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost of the Ranger is the most likely culprit in regard to the latter. As for the diesel-fed lineup, the 2.0-liter EcoBlue in single- and bi-turbo forms kicks off the list. At the very top of the lineup, the 3.0-liter Power Stroke will replace the 3.0-liter TDI of the current-gen Amarok.