Volkswagen becomes the first manufacturer in the light-commercial segment to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission in selected models of its ute range. The optional transmission is available exclusively in dual-cab Amaroks with permanent four-wheel drive (4Motion) and the latest 132kW/420Nm 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine.
According to Volkswagen there are a number of advantages to the new automatic transmission including more effective torque delivery and improved fuel efficiency.
The Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 dual-cab with the eight-speed automatic transmission has a combined fuel consumption rating of 8.3 litres per 100km and average CO2 emissions of 219 grams per kilometre. That’s considerably better than the Amarok TSI300 petrol manual’s 9.6L/100km performance, but slightly worse than the TDI400 manual 4Motion variant at 7.9L/100km and CO2 emissions of 209g/km.
The automatic transmission's additional gear ratios also mean those versions with permanent four-wheel drive are now as effective off-road as the six-speed manual Amarok, but without the need for additional low-range gearing.
Cabin noise has also been reduced inside the Volkswagen Amarok as a result of reduced engine speeds in all gear ratios for those variants with the automatic transmission.
In a bid to increase its market share and general appeal in Australia's increasingly competitive ute segment, Volkswagen has added six single-cab variants to its previously dual-cab-only Amarok line-up.
Available with a choice of two-wheel-drive or Volkswagen’s 4Motion four-wheel-drive, all single-cab variants get the same 2.0-litre engines as used in the dual-cab models (TSI300, TDI340, TDI400) mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The Volkswagen Amarok single-cabs also benefit from reduced fuel consumption, with the 2WD TDI340 achieving a combined fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km and CO2 emissions of 189g/km. Upgrading to the TDI400 Amarok means a similarly low fuel consumption of 7.8L/100km.
With an overall vehicle length and wheelbase equal to its dual-cab sibling, the Amarok single-cab offers a larger cargo space and more flexible load options. With a tray length of 2205mm, the single-cab offers an additional 650mm of load space and sufficient storage behind the driver and passenger seats.
The bigger cargo bay is large enough to load two pallets one behind the other and comes with six tie points as standard.
The Amarok’s generous cabin space likewise elevates the new single-cab variant to the most spacious vehicle in its class.
Single-cab Amaroks with 4Motion also pick up a mechanical differential lock on the rear axle in addition to the standard electric diff-lock.
The standard heavy-duty suspension is also part of the single-cab package, allowing for a payload of between 1174kg and 1394kg. Braked towing capacity across the Volkswagen Amarok range remains at 3000kg.
Safety is also well sorted in the Amarok single-cab with all models equipped with the same full suite of active and passive systems including six airbags (front, side and thorax bags for driver and passenger).
Along with the new additions to the Amarok range Volkswagen also introduces additional equipment such as stainless steel sports bar and side steps on the Highline models, while the entire 4Motion range adds Bluetooth phone connectivity, cruise control and a multi-function leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Volkswagen Amarok single-cab buyers can also option a ‘Style pack’ that includes a body-coloured front bumper, fog lights and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Rounding out the new additions to the Amarok family is the ability for buyers to order base and Trendline versions in a cab chassis layout.
Volkswagen Dual Cab Pricing
Amarok TDI340 2WD Dual Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $30,490
Amarok TDI340 2WD Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $31,990
Amarok TSI300 2WD Dual Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $31,090
Amarok TSI300 2WD Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $32,590
Amarok TDI400 2WD Dual Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $32,490
Amarok TDI400 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $33,990
Amarok TDI400 4Motion Dual Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $41,490
Amarok TDI400 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $42,990
Amarok TDI420 4 Motion Dual Cab Chassis 8-Speed Auto - $44,490
Amarok TDI420 4Motion Dual Cab Ute – 8-Speed Auto - $45,990
Amarok TDI400 Trendline 4Motion Dual Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $44,490
Amarok TDI400 Trendline 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $45,990
Amarok TDI420 Trendline 4 Motion Dual Cab Chassis 8-Speed Auto - $47,490
Amarok TDI420 Trendline 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 8-Speed Auto - $48,990
Amarok TDI400 Highline 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $50,990
Amarok TDI420 Highline 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 8-Speed Auto - $53,990
Amarok TDI400 Ultimate 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $58,490
Amarok TDI420 Ultimate 4Motion Dual Cab Ute 8-Speed Auto - $61,490
Single Cab Pricing
Amarok TSI300 2WD Single Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $24,490
Amarok TSI300 2WD Single Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $25,990
Amarok TDI340 2WD Single Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $27,490
Amarok TDI340 2WD Single Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $28,990
Amarok TDI400 4WD Single Cab Chassis 6-Speed Man - $35,490
Amarok TDI400 4WD Single Cab Ute 6-Speed Man - $36,990
Metallic Paint - $490
Pearl Effect Paint - $490
Rear Differential Lock (2WD only) - $790
Heated Front Seats (Ultimate only) - $590
Park Distance Control - Rear (Trendline only) - $590
Cruise Control with Multifunction Display (2WD only) $590
16-inch Alloy Wheels – “Taruma” (Amarok) - $990
17-inch Alloy Wheels “Aldo” (Trendline) - $1490
18-inch Alloy Wheels “Durban” (Trendline) - $2490