The Volkswagen Amarok V6 ticks plenty of boxes against its main rivals, but its 3000kg towing capacity has lagged behind the Ford Ranger and Nissan Navara’s 3500kg and the Toyota Hilux SR5’s 3200kg ratings – until now.
The 2018 Amarok V6 will match the Ranger and Navara thanks to engineering changes to the big ute’s structure, without having to increase performance from its grunty 165kW/550Nm turbocharged diesel engine.
The upgrade also sees the Amarok match the towing capacity of the highly-anticipated Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute (itself derived from the Navara) that’s due in the first half of 2018.
This update has been driven by the Australian Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles team, whose marketing manager, Nick Reid, said will make it even better for work and play.
“We know that Amarok buyers use their vehicle for work and play. The ability to tow a caravan or a boat is at the very heart of the Amarok, and we're glad that we're able to offer this enhancement to our customers, and their weekends,” Reid said.
Until the X-Class arrives, the Amarok V6 remains the most powerful of the 4x4 dual cab utes. The 3.0-litre powerplant, which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission, has proven popular since being introduced alongside the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel late last year. Last month three quarters of all Amaroks purchased were V6 models.
The uprated towing capacity will be available on all Model Year 2018 Amarok V6 models, which are now available for order at Volkswagen dealers.
Despite the towing boost, pricing will remain unchanged across the Amarok range.
2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 pricing
Volkswagen Amarok TDI550 Sportline - $55,490
Volkswagen Amarok TDI550 Highline - $59,990
Volkswagen Amarok TDI550 Ultimate - $67,990