The Volkswagen Amarok will get a major update for the 2017 model year in Australia, including a powerful new 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6, making the German one-tonner the only V6-powered ute in its class.
Launched in Germany this week, the latest Amarok features a fresh dashboard, more ergonomic seats, Servotronic steering, bigger wheels, new front styling and bi-xenon headlights.
Volkswagen claims the bigger engine, when paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, will achieve a combined NEDC fuel consumption figure of just 7.6L/100km.
The new engine will be available in different power levels to suit each of the three drive systems available – rear-wheel drive, 4MOTION (on-demand all-wheel drive) and permanent four-wheel drive.
In the top-spec Amarok, the V6 turbo-diesel makes 165kW and 550Nm, which is significantly more than rivals such as the popular Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 and Holden Colorado.
The range-topping Amarok consequently gets bigger brakes, but all models in the range will also benefit from VW’s Automatic Post-Collision Braking System.
Volkswagen claims the new model will be able to tow up to 3.5 tonnes, further bolstering its role as a key player in its class since arriving in Australia in 2011.
To be released in Europe in September, a flagship Amarok Aventura model (pictured above) will feature a body-coloured sports bar, 20-inch wheels, LED lighting, bi-xenon headlights, and a reversing camera with Park Distance Control.
The new-for-2017 Amarok follows the arrival last year of a new Toyota HiLux, Mitsubishi Triton and Nissan Navara.
Volkswagen will launch the new model in Australia late this year.
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