Volkswagen Amarok, No US Version for the Time Being

Volkswagen Amarok, the recently-revealed pickup that will be launched in early 2010, won't go on sale in the United States as well. It appears the reason behind this decision is Volkswagen's sales goal for the pickup which according to sources close to the matter goes up to 8,000 units per month and 100,000 units per year.

In the current US market, such figures are still impossible to reach and a potential launch of the Amarok in the local market won't be profitable at all.

On the other hand, the Amarok will be first launched in South America in early 2010, while South Africa and Australia will follow soon after that. European markets will get the pickup as well, but an official release date is yet to be disclosed.

The truck will come, at first, in a four-door version with "double cab", with the single cab version to arrive in the first half of 2011. It is powered by a choice of two engines: a 2.0 TDI with common rail injection engine, developing 163 PS and 400 N of torque at 1,500 rpm and a four cylinder TDI, which will be added in the first half of 2010.

There will be three versions across the range, Base, Trendline and Highline. The base edition comprises features such as manual operated windows, unpainted front bumper, door handles and mirrors, 16-inch steel, height-adjustable front seats, variable folding rear bench seat, locking glove compartment and cargo platform lighting. Trendline adds body color front bumper, door handles and mirror housings, adio with CD player, climate control (Climatic), multi-functional display, cruise control system and front fog lights.

Last but not least, the Highline edition includes part-chrome mirror housings, Climatronic, leather detailing, high end sound system and fabric seat covers. Safety wise, the pick-up packs ABS, ASR, electronic differential lock and ESP with Hill Descent Assist.
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