Volkswagen is fitting its latest generation of V6 engines to the Amorak pick-up. The company says this makes it the only model in its segment with a high-performance V6 turbodiesel. The new engines provide up to 221 bhp, and 406 lb ft of torque.
The top-of-the-line six-cylinder engine produces its maximum torque at only 1,500 rpm. The highest gear’s long ratio in the manual or 8-speed automatic gearbox reduces revs and fuel consumption during consistently fast driving, and also helps ensure low noise levels and CO2 emissions. The combined NEDC fuel consumption of the new Amarok with 221 bhp and 8-speed automatic gearbox is expected to be 7.6 litres/100 km (around 37 mpg). This corresponds to a new top level of 199 grams CO2/km.
The new 3.0-litre TDI engine will be available in three output levels: 161 bhp, 201 bhp and 221 bhp. All engines comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard. The most powerful engine variant will be offered first.
Three different drive-system versions will be offered in line with the respective engine variants: traditional rear-wheel drive, a 4MOTION version with either rear-wheel drive and an engageable front axle in combination with a manual gearbox, or a permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential with the 8-speed automatic gearbox. The Servotronic steering system is new in the Amarok and will be available as standard equipment in Europe.
Other upgrades include improved brakes and changes to interior and exterior trim.
The new model is expected to go on sale in the UK before the end of 2016.