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by Tim Beissmann

An upgraded Volkswagen Amarok with redesigned headlights has been spied undergoing winter testing in Europe.

The Amarok dual-cab spotted features high-tech xenon headlamps surrounded by U-shaped LED daytime running lights along the lower edge of the ute’s headlight assembly.

The new design is reminiscent of the headlights adorning the Volkswagen Amarok Power Pickup concept – a 200kW/600Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel-powered sports ute that debuted at May’s Worthersee fair in Austria.

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No other revisions are evident across the undisguised test car’s exterior, suggesting Volkswagen may be developing the xenon/LED combination for a minor specification update, a special edition model, or as an option for high-end Amarok variants.

Volkswagen Australia public relations manager Kurt McGuiness told CarAdvice the local division has no information about the spied vehicle, and says it is not expecting an update to the Amarok in the near future.

The HiLux-rivalling Amarok launched four years ago in Argentina, and went on sale in Australia 13 months later in February 2011. The most significant update was introduced in July 2012, when the range was bolstered by the addition of the single-cab body style and an eight-speed automatic transmission for TDI420 variant.




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