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by Matt Campbell

The first sketches of the facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Amarok utility have been released, with the German brand claiming the update has seen the “premium pick-up given the latest Volkswagen design”.

According to Volkswagen‘s Commercial Vehicles arm, the new Amarok will see an updated interior that is “designed to thrill”, with a modified instrument panel and new dashboard with an emphasis on horizontal lines and a “clear division of the surface areas and the precision achieved in the folds and edges”.

2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches_1

“Rejecting round contours and concentrating on horizontal and vertical lines makes the front and interior appear more striking and pronounced. They make the Amarok more attractive as a pick-up and also appeal to customer groups that until now have shopped in the classic SUV segment,” a statement from the brand read.

Further, the company has said that the new interior will “become much more attractive to former SUV buyers”.

The new model will debut an updated front-end design that is said to “emphasise the powerful Amarok look”, while the “wheel rim sizes of the Amarok’s different equipment levels are considerably increased and strengthen the appearance of the power athlete”. Not sure that translation is as precise as it could be, but you get the idea – there will be much bigger wheel and tyre packages, and sportier exterior finishes.

2017 Volkswagen Amarok sketches_3

We’ve seen images of the updated Volkswagen Amarok undergoing testing in Europe, and it is clear that the new look will bring the brand’s pick-up truck into line with its latest SUV offerings, including the updated Touareg and the all-new Tiguan.

It is unclear if the brand will finally offer a more powerful, larger engine to make its updated ute more muscled in terms of towing and performance, but it is expected that the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder bi-turbo engine will remain as part of the range.

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