With heavy camouflage still fixed to its nose, we can expect to see a refreshed face when the updated Amarok launches. That should include a new front bumper, grille and subtly revised headlights.
Reports also indicate that the interior has had some slight alterations with a new infotainment system featuring Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an updated trim to stay ahead of the newly impressive Ford Ranger interior makeover.
It’s unclear whether there have been any tweaks to the Amarok’s powertrain offerings, however, changes would likely be minimal.
The current-gen Amarok offers several levels of tune for its 2.0-litre biturbo-diesel engine, giving buyers a choice of a 132kW/420Nm, 132kW/400Nm or 103kW/340Nm power offering.
A six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions are currently offered, as well as two- or four-wheel-drive configurations.
Some 175,000 cars make up Australia’s strong ute market, with Volkswagen owning a five per cent share of that. Within the next few years, Volkswagen and other manufacturers will have to contend with the likes of Renault, Mercedes-Benz and PSA Peugeot Citroen moving on plans to enter the competition.
The next-generation Amarok is expected to make its international debut in July, with an Australian launch likely for later in the year.