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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Volkswagen Amarok has been launched in Australia, promising to be a class leader in fuel efficiency, safety and interior comfort.

On sale from March 1, the Amarok will initially be available as a four-door Dual Cab only, with the two-door Single Cab model to follow at a later date.

All variants feature Volkswagen’s TDI400 twin-turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine, which produces 120kW of power and 400Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is the only gearbox offered.

The Euro V-compliant engine uses 7.7 litres/100km on the combined cycle in rear-wheel drive form, and 7.9 litres/100km in part-time and permanent all-wheel drive. CO2 emissions range from 203 to 209g/km.

The front axle uses traverse link, double A-frame wishbone suspension and anti-roll bar, while at the rear there is a multi-layer live axle with leaf spring and stabiliser bar.

All vehicles have front disc brakes and rear drums, and come standard with electronic stability program (ESP), off-road ABS, traction control, electronic differential locks, hill descent assist and hill holder. Four airbags (dual front and sides) and five three-point seat belts add to a comprehensive standard safety package.

The cargo area has a load volume of 2.52m2 (1411mm wide, 1555mm long, and 508mm deep), and the fuel tank has an 80-litre capacity. Volkswagen says the Amarok’s 1222mm maximum load width between the wheel wells means, for the first time on a mid-sized ute, it is possible to load Australian and European pallets sideways.

When towing a trailer, the Amarok can handle up to 2800kg of trailer load with 280kg of downball weight.

The Amarok is available in three drive modes and four specification levels.

The entry-level Amarok is available in both rear-wheel drive and selectable 4MOTION format. Included in the package is remote central locking, electric windows, electrically adjustable door mirrors, air-conditioning, folding rear bench seat, lockable glovebox, rubber floor covering, load-area lighting and unpainted grey plastic bumpers, door handles and mirrors.

Stepping up to the Trendline adds selectable 4MOTION as standard, as well as complete body colour paint, integrated step in the rear bumper, 16-inch alloy wheels, multi-functional display, cruise control, front fog lights, carpeted floor and draws under the front seats.

The Highline takes the Trendline package and adds chrome details on the rear bumper, part-chrome mirror housings and other accents, 18-inch alloy wheels, colour-contrasting instrument panel, automatic climate control, higher performance sound system, high-quality fabric seats, alarm with back-up horn, rear privacy glass, and a leather steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever.

The range-topping Amarok Ultimate scores leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, side steps, stainless steel sports bars, and the no cost option of permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive.

The 2011 Volkswagen Amarok is available from March 1 for the following Manufacturer’s List Prices:

  • Amarok RWD – $33,990
  • Amarok 4MOTION – $43,990
  • Amarok Trendline 4MOTION – $47,990
  • Amarok Highline 4MOTION – $52,990
  • Amarok Ultimate 4MOTION – $58,490
  • Amarok Ultimate 4MOTION permanent AWD – $58,490

Options:

  • Metallic paint – $490
  • Pearl effect paint – $490
  • Rear differential lock – $790
  • Heated front seats (Ultimate only) – $590
  • Park distance control – Rear (Trendline and Highline only) – $590
  • Cruise control with multifunction display – $590
  • 16-inch Taruma alloys (Amarok) – $690
  • 17-inch Aldo alloys (Trendline) – $990
  • 18-inch Durban alloys (Trendline) – $1590
  • 19-inch Alastaro alloys (Trendline) – $2190



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