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by Brett Davis

The 2012 Volkswagen Amarok will come with a new eight-speed automatic transmission. This will be the first and only ute equipped with an optional eight-speed auto when it goes on sale in Australia next year.

Volkswagen only just launched the Volkswagen Amarok ute in Australia earlier this year, but a model update is already being planned for 2012. The updated model will arrive with the introduction of a new flagship variant, called the Amarok TDI420.

The TDI420 will come with a new 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine producing 132kW of power and 420Nm of torque. It’s this flagship that will also introduce an eight-speed automatic transmission option.

The transmission will be the same ZF item used in Volkswagen’s largest vehicle, the Volkswagen Touareg SUV. Volkswagen says the transmission will provide improved fuel consumption and make better use of available torque. The company recently said,

“Thanks to this greater spread the TDI engine works even more effectively in every rev range, and it is more fuel-efficient and agile. Moreover, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing.”

Volkswagen Australia is yet to finalise official timing for the 2012 Volkswagen Amarok launch, but says it will take place some time next year.

Follow this link for our full 2011 Volkswagen Amarok review.




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