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by Matt Campbell

Details of the 2015 Volkswagen Amarok range have been announced, with the German company increasing equipment and specification levels for its diesel-powered range while also axing the existing petrol version.

The Volkswagen Amarok was previously available with the TSI300 engine (a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 118kW and 300Nm, hence its moniker), which was the entry point into the ute range, priced from $24,490 plus on-road costs for the single-cab, cab-chassis 2WD version. The TSI300 was also available in the $25,990 pick-up 4×2 model, as well as the dual-cab 4×2 cab-chassis ($31,090) and the 4×2 dual-cab ute ($32,590).

However, Volkswagen has now announced a revised, diesel-only line-up, with 4Motion all-wheel-drive now available across a broader range of models.

The new entry-level model is the dual-cab 2WD manual, priced at $31,490 for the cab-chassis or $32,990 for the ute version. This entry-level specification now comes with standard cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity, along with an updated stereo system and body-coloured front bumper.

Buyers can opt for the Amarok Core Edition with 4Motion all-wheel-drive, which includes the revised colour-coded bumpers and new 16-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tyres.

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Amarok Trendline models now receive standard front and rear parking sensors and 17-inch alloy wheels. An optional media system with satellite navigation and a reverse-view camera is now available on Trendline models, and both the driver and front passenger seats can also be had with optional lumbar adjustment. Trendline models can also be had with the (no-cost) optional comfort suspension setup, which decreases load capacity (by roughly 200 kilograms) but improves ride comfort.

The MY15 Amarok Highline now gains a standard reverse-view camera, automatic wipers and headlamps, and lumbar support for the driver and passenger seats. Highline variants can now also be optioned with bi-xenon headlights.

The flagship Amarok Ultimate has risen to take the spot of the most expensive lifestyle ute (not including the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series), with the automatic model now $65,290 plus on-road costs. However, it has gained more gear, mirroring the Highline equipment upgrades but also adding leather interior trim and 19-inch wheels, as well as bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

All Amaroks are powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel in varying states of tune.

The engine options are as follows: TDI340 has 103kW/340Nm and is available only with a six-speed manual transmission; TDI400 has 132kW/400Nm and comes with a six-speed manual; TDI420 has 132kW/420Nm and comes with an eight-speed automatic only.

 

2015 Volkswagen Amarok pricing (plus on-road costs):

Single-cab:

TDI400 4WD manual cab-chassis – $35,490
TDI400 4WD manual ute – $36,990
TDI420 4WD auto cab-chassis – $38,490
TDI420 4WD auto ute – $39,990

Dual-cab:

TDI340 2WD cab-chassis manual – $31,490
TDI340 2WD ute manual – $32,990

TDI420 2WD cab-chassis auto – $36,490
TDI420 2WD ute auto – $37,990

TDI400 4MOTION Core Edition cab-chassis manual – $41,490
TDI400 4MOTION Core Edition ute manual – $42,990
TDI420 4MOTION Core Edition cab-chassis auto – $44,490
TDI420 4MOTION Core Edition ute auto – $45,990

TDI400 4MOTION Trendline cab-chassis manual – $45,490
TDI400 4MOTION Trendline ute manual – $46,990
TDI420 4MOTION Trendline cab-chassis auto – $48,490
TDI420 4MOTION Trendline ute auto – $49,990

TDI400 4MOTION Highline ute manual – $52,490
TDI420 4MOTION Highline ute auto – $55,490

TDI400 4MOTION Ultimate ute manual – $62,290
TDI420 4MOTION Ultimate ute auto – $65,290




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