The updated 2017 Volkswagen Amarok range is now complete, with revised four-cylinder models joining the recently launched Amarok V6 in Australia.
Revealed alongside the V6 model in May last year, the update brings some subtle exterior tweaks, a new-look cabin and upgraded technology.
But, along with upgrades, the 2017 Amarok brings a more streamlined range, with the entry-level TDI340 powertrain gone from the line-up.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Volkswagen Australia communications manager Kurt McGuinness said the bulk of buyers are shopping in the mid- and high-spec models.
“We have streamlined our range to meet customer needs. The TDI340 was a niche model that was predominantly sold to small fleets, like local councils. Because most customers in this space buy automatic models, we have decided not to offer the TDI340 engine currently,” he said.
McGuinness said the local arm has not completely written off the 340 models, however, which means we could see them return if demand if sufficient.
Without the TDI340 models, the price of entry into the Amarok range climbs by around $7000, adding further weight to Volkswagen’s view that its pick-up is a premium player in the ute market.
Premium or not, the Amarok continues into the 2017 model year without rear passenger side airbags.
On the outside, there’s the same new front bumper design that debuted with the Amarok V6, and new underbody protection is also featured on 4×4 models for off-roading and unsealed roads. The guard also increases ground clearance by 34mm on equipped models.
Moving into the cabin, the restyled dash that debuted locally with the V6 in November has rolled out across the range, bringing the Amarok’s interior in line with the wider Volkswagen range.
The previous model’s round vents have been replaced by rectangular and trapezoidal units, while in the centre of the dashboard there is the company’s latest Composition Media and Discover Media infotainment systems.
That revised media centre adds App-Connect, which brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the now-standard rear-view camera and rear parking sensors – although these enhanced safety features aren’t available on cab-chassis models.
Standard on all models, however, is a Multi-Collision Braking system, designed to prevent or mitigate a secondary impact when the vehicle has been involved in a collision.
The Core Plus 4×4 model is the top-spec variant in this updated range, essentially replacing the Highline badge now exclusive to the V6.
To that end, the Core Plus adds carpet floor covering, higher-quality cloth seat trim, more 12-volt sockets, body-coloured mirrors and door handles, rear grab handles and interior lights.
On the safety front, the Core Plus also gets front parking sensors and post-collision braking system.
The TDI400 and TDI420 powertrains continue unchanged, offering 132kW/400Nm and 132kW/420Nm respectively – the 420 being available with an eight-speed auto only.
At the top of the range, the previously detailed V6 turbo diesel offers 165kW and 580Nm of torque. Full details on that model can be found here.
(excluding on-road costs)
Amarok TDI420 2WD Dual Cab Chassis 8spd auto – $38,490
Amarok TDI420 2WD Dual Cab Ute 8spd auto – $39,990
Amarok TDI400 Core 4×4 Dual Cab Chassis 6spd manual – $41,990
Amarok TDI400 Core 4×4 Dual Cab Ute 6spd manual – $43,490
Amarok TDI420 Core 4×4 Dual Cab Chassis 8spd auto – $44,990
Amarok TDI420 Core 4×4 Dual Cab Ute 8spd auto – $46,490
Amarok TDI400 Core Plus 4×4 Dual Cab Ute 6spd manual – $47,490
Amarok TDI420 Core Plus 4×4 Dual Cab Ute 8spd auto – $50,490
Amarok Dual Cab V6 Highline – $59,990
Amarok Dual Cab V6 Ultimate – $67,990