With physical teasers remaining an apparent no-no despite ongoing prototype testing, Volkswagen has once again released a series of sketches depicting the all-new Amarok.
The first to be released this month after the second interior image last month, the trio of drawings show not only the front, but for the first time a clear representation of the side profile and the back of the dashboard.
Confirmation of the amarok will measure a total length of 5.35 m, an increase of 10 cm over the current model, Wolfsburg also stated that the newcomer, who ride on the same T6.2 platform as the new Ford Ranger and incoming Everestwill feature “numerous driver assistance systems that are new in this segment”.
Towards production alongside the Ranger and Everest at the Blue Oval’s Silverton Plant outside Pretoria from the end of this year instead of the General Pacheco factory in Argentinathe teased interior will differ significantly from the Ranger, with Volkswagen touting it as “taking the benchmark for one-tonne global B-segment pickup trucks to a whole new level”.
Meanwhile, the outside seems unchanged from the first teaser Volkswagen released in March 2020with the front being nearly identical with no visible changes or adjustments.
The same goes for the side profile, which continues without door handles, but the rear panel seems to differ slightly from the Ranger in the design of the taillights and the removal of the curved U-pattern underlined by the Ranger name on the tailgate.
In yet another confirmation from comments from last year that the Amarok won’t be just another rebadged Ranger, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle’s Head of Design, Albert-Johann Kirzinger, said: “We emphasize the different, expressive front designs of our pickup with a charismatic Amarok signature, which is also reflected in very large letters on the body at the rear. rear side.”.
However, what will be shared, other than the platform, is the choice of engines with the reported dropping the Volkswagen-made single-and-bi-turbo 2.0 TDI engines, as well as the 190 kW/580 Nm 3.0 TDI V6in favor of the Ford made four-cylinder Panther units of the same size and turbo allocation, plus the 3.0-lite turbo diesel previously offered in the F-150 in the United States under the name Powerstroke†
All three units will be manufactured at Ford’s Straundale Engine Plant in Port Elizabeth as per Dearborn’s Additional R600 Million Investment in Facility late last year.
With the planned unveiling next Tuesday (February 22) of the all-new Ranger Raptor, there has been growing speculation that an Amarok equivalent, allegedly the Amarok Rwill debut at some point despite approval being a no-no at this point.
While an official date for the Amarok’s unveiling is still unknown, you can expect it in the coming weeks and months, along with likely more teasers.