New cars Volkswagen Amarok The British division of Volkswagen revealed today technical specifications for the new cars Amarok, a serious contender for the pick-up market. The vehicle comes available in two engine variants, a 2.0-litre TDI developing 122 PS and 340 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm, and a 2.0-litre Bi-turbo TDI developing 163 PS and 400 Nm from 1,750 rpm. All models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.
Taken separately, 122 PS engine can achieve 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 13.7 seconds, while the 163 PS unit reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in 11.1 seconds.
Size-wise, the VW Amarok is 5 254 mm long, 1 944 mm wide and 1 834 mm high, giving it a slightly stockier appearance than its competitors. Importantly though, the Amarok features the largest load area in its class, at 1 555 mm long, 1 620 mm wide and 780 mm high – enough space to accommodate most items, up to a maximum weight of 1 150 kilograms. Further practicality comes from the bakkie’s maximum load width of 1 222 mm between wheel wells, which allows enough space for a Euro-spec pallet (1 200 mm x 800 mm) to be loaded for the first time on a mid-size bakkie. The load-bed also includes four tie-down points on either corner, a 12-volt power socket, as well as a rear-facing light – integrated with the high-level brake-light – that conveniently illuminates the load area.
The interior of the new VW Amarok bakkie is well laid out. All Amarok models are equipped with height adjustable front seats; variable folding rear bench seat; load bed lighting; electrically operated windows and side mirrors; radio/CD-player; air-conditioning; cruise-control and front fog lights. The ‘Highline’ models feature added luxury in the form of automatic climate control and an improved sound system, while exterior highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, flared wheel arches, partial chrome covered side mirrors and various other chrome accents inside and out. Head, leg and shoulder room are ample, while various storage trays – including under the front seats – provide the practicality associated with a bakkie. The interior materials are of good quality and solid build. The dashboard, for example, has been fashioned from hard and durable plastic, instead of the soft-touch type found in the new Polo and Golf – the Amarok is built tough. A small, but significant feature is the steering wheel, which is adjustable for both height and reach – convenient for fitting behind the wheel after a hearty Sunday roast at the neighbours farm.