The Volkswagen Amarok made its debut back in 2010 produced by  Volkswagen commercial vehicles. It is available with a choice of a single cab or a dual-cab pick-up truck. Powered by either turbocharged petrol or a TDI diesel engine, back in 2010 the pick-up truck was powered by a choice of two 2.0 litre turbocharged engines. However, the Volkswagen Amarok underwent a major facelift back in 2017 that included replacing the 2.0-litre four-cylinder power train with a 3.0 litre TDI v6 engine. This was to be able to keep up with its major rivals. The rivals include the ford ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and Isuzu DMAX.

Engine, power and transmission

On debut, the Amarok was powered by two  2.0 litres four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engines.

 The 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel engine in the TDI400 and TDI420 produces 132kW of power and 400Nm of torque and 420Nm of torque in the TDI420.

The TDI400 is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, however, the TDI420 has an eight-speed automatic transmission.

After replacing the 2.0-litre powertrain back in 2017, the Volkswagen Amarok is also available with a 3.0 litre TDI v6 engine. This is available for the TDI 500, TDI 550 and TDI 580 models.

The v6 engine delivers 165kw and 500 NM of torque for the TDI 500. it is also mated with a six-speed manual transmission system. The same power is also produced in the TD550 but more torque figures of around 550NM. The 3.0litre in the TDI550 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Amarok high-grade TDI580 v6 makes 190 kW and 580 NM it is also paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission system which comes as standard.

Volkswagen amarok Fuel economy

On a combined cycle, the TDI500, 550, 580  consumes 9.7, 9.1 and 9.5 litres per 100 kilometres respectively.

Towing capacity and Dimensions

The Volkswagen Amarok model braking towing capacity starts at measures 5254mm long, 1954mm wide and 1878mm tall, with a 3095mm wheelbase

Volkswagen amarok price

Prices for the Volkswagen Amarok 2021 range from $38,490 for the base Amarok TDI420 (4X2) to $79,990 for the top-of-the-line Amarok TDI580 W580S 4Motion.


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