VW Amarok Single Cab, Petrol Engine Coming to Australia

When German manufacturer Volkswagen presented the Amarok model last year, it was regarded as a type of a first attempt, as it marked the German carmaker's entrance in the mid-range pick-up segment of the market. It was also the first 1-tonne class pick-up to be developed in Germany.

Until then, however, Volkswagen managed to turn the Amarok from a road opener into more of a core vehicle for the countries with a soft spot for trucks and ute. You already know, perhaps, of the Single Cab version caught testing by our spies in Germany, the second version of the Amarok model.

The Amarok will be launched in Australia later this year, with the Single Cab to follow in 2011. According to GoAuto, the Single Cab is a version which is more likely to please the local consumers than the double cab. However, this might not be the biggest news.

The source says the Amarok will also receive a 2.0l turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine which will develop 158 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The unit is said to have a fuel consumption rating of 9.9l/100 km (23.7 mpg).

The new engine will complete the existing engine offering: two 2.0l common rail TDI engines producing 163 PS, with torque of 400 Nm at a low 1,500 rpm, or 122 PS with maximum torque of 340 Nm from 2,000 rpm.

The Amarok features a full-time all wheel drive system, consisting of a Torsen differential that uses a 40:60 power delivery ratio. The pick-up can also be ordered with a switchable all wheel drive system.

As for the prices for the local market, there's not much to say for now. In Europe, the pickup will retail from EUR28,107 (US$35,381).
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