Update: Volkswagen Amarok Review.
Ahead of its launch in Australia, South Africa, Germany and the rest of Europe, Volkswagen have debuted its new Amarok crew-cab ute in South America.
Available initially as a four-door crew-cab only, the German designed one-tonner will be built predominantly in Argentina. A single-cab variant will follow in early 2011.
Styling is typically Volkswagen with cues inside and out pointing to those of the brand's highly-favoured passenger models.
Under the bonnet Amarok is available with a choice of two four-cylinder, turbo-diesel engines - single and twin turbocharged - developing 90kW/340Nm and 120kW/400Nm respectively. Both are mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel consumption is said to be 7.6L/100km from the low-output model with CO2 figures cracking the sub-200g/km barrier (199g/km).
The Amarok will be available in RWD and AWD formats with the latter offering full- and part-time variants (both versions of VW's 4MOTION system).
Three specification levels will be offered from the get-go: Base, Trendline and Highline. All models will offer seating for five with a fold-able rear seat allowing additional cargo capacity.
The tray measures are 1,555mm x 1,620mm with 1,222mm between the wheel arches leaving enough room for a standard pallet.
Safety features include front and side airbags, ABS brakes with off-road function, an electronic differential lock, hill descent assist, plus ESC and Traction Control.
Pricing and full specification detail for the Australian market will be announced closer to Amarok's launch mid-2010.