Volkswagen Amarok Official Details and Photos

The most unlikely Volkswagen in years, the Amarok pick-up truck is making in official debut and, at the same time, marking the German carmaker's entrance in the mid-range pick-up segment of the market. The Amarok is also the first 1-tonne class pick-up to be developed in Germany.

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.

The engine is controlled via a 6-speed manual transmission, which will be the single one available for both engines. The engines' power will be taken to the ground by the use of three drive concepts: full-time all-wheel drive, switchable all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. The base version of the Amarok comes in rear-wheel drive.

What is new with the Amarok is the use of the full-time all-wheel drive. Not often seen in this type of car, Volkswagen's drivetrain is made up of a Torsen differential which delivers the power in a 40:60 ratio. Amarok comes to dealerships in a choice of three trim levels: Base, Trendline and Highline.

Base comes with 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.

Highline completes the range with 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.

The Amarok will be first launched in South America in early 2010, with South Africa and Australia to follow. Europe will see it in the second half of 2010. Prices are yet to be announced.
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