- Bigger diesel for 2017 VW Amarok bakkies
- Refreshed exterior, new touchscreen system
- AWD, locking diff and special models to come
VW is replacing its Amarok big-bakkie range for 2017 and including a three-litre diesel engine to replace the current two-litre.
The right-hand drive versions will be in UK showrooms in January with the South African launch happening later in the year.
The 2017 Amarok, VW says, will be the only bakkie in its class with a six-cylinder engine, one designed to deliver 168kW (180kW on overboost) / 550Nm and replacing the four-cylinder two-litre.
An eight-speed autobox will also be in the package to enable the Amarok with a 0-100km/h time of eight seconds. Top speed is listed as 190km/h.
MANUAL OR AUTO, 4×4 OR 4×2
Versions with a manual gearbox and an engine delivering either 153 or 122kW will be available later in 2017.
Buyers can specify selectable (with manual gearbox) and permanent (with auto) 4Motion all-wheel drive. An option is a mechanical rear-axle differential lock.
“The 2017 Amarok,” VW says, “distinguishes itself from the previous model with a new front bumper and grille design that includes fog lights, new alloy wheel rims and a third, diode-lit, brake light.
“Cabin changes are more prominent with an all-new facia design that inclides an infotainment system with touchscreen, radio and the option of satnav.
Bluetooth and digital radio will be standard.
A comprehensive list of crash mitigation equipment includes four crash bags, electronic stability control and post-collision braking. Parking radar and a rear-view camera are included.
Models will include Startline (later in 2017), Trendline and Highline though (in the UK, at least) special editions will be offered during the model’s life – one being the range-topping Aventura which adds bi-xenon headlights and daytime running lights, 19″ alloy wheel rims with 255/55 tyres and wheel-arch extensions, and a thick loadbed-protection coating.
Inside the Aventura, VW adds, will be satnav and mobile internet. An automatic parking feature will also be present, along with parking radar and a rear-view camera.
…AND THE PRICES
Launch prices (converted into rands as guidance only for the South African market) will start at R552 000 rising to the Aventura at R669 500.
Current South African prices range from R305 000 to R374 000 for a single-cab and R478 000 to R529 000 for a double-cab.