The new 2016 Volkswagen Amarok Atacama is now on sale in Australia, debuting as a special specced-up variant of the TDI400 and TDI420 models.

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Entering as a successor to the limited-edition Canyon model, the Atacama builds on the Amarok TDI400 and TDI420 Highline variants, bringing a handful of sporty styling tricks to the party - for the same price.

Based on the TDI400 Selectable 4Motion manual and TDI420 Permanent 4Motion automatic models, the Atacama adds bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime lights, 18-inch ‘Durban’ black alloy wheels wrapped in 255/60 R18 Bridgestone tyres, a black sports bar, black side steps and a black rear step bumper.

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A spray-on Durabed tub liner is featured in the back, and Atacama graphics appear along the body.

In the cabin, there’s a new ‘Quad’ fabric trim with a quilted look, while standard technologies include the five-inch RNS315 display with satellite navigation, along with dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights and wipers, front and rear park distance control, and a rear-view camera.

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Limited to 500 units, the Amarok Atacama is available for order now.

2016 Volkswagen Amarok Atacama pricing (plus on-road costs):

Amarok TDI400 Atacama - manual - $53,990

Amarok TDI420 Atacama - auto - $56,990