Volkswagen is bringing a pair of special utes to the Frankfurt motor show next week: the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept and the Amarok Dark Label special edition.
Headlining the duo is the 'Tumeric Yellow' Aventura Exclusive concept, which features an uprated 190kW version of the current model's 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, and is said to "offer a look at the future range-topping 3.0-litre TDI engine" - likely a challenger the recently-revealed V6 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive like the current Amarok V6, Volkswagen says the Aventura Exclusive also has "increased torque", though doesn't disclose how far above the market version's 550Nm output the concept reaches.
Features on the show vehicle include 19-inch 'Milford' polished alloy wheels, chrome exterior highlights, bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime-running lights.
Inside, the Amarok Aventura Exclusive gets black leather trim with Curcuma Yellow stitching, steering-mounted paddle shifters and Discover Media navigation system.
More lashings of chrome can be found in the cabin, along with a new black roof liner - a first for the Amarok.
Other features of the Amarok concept include the roll cover system at the rear, which for the first time is finished in aluminium. An aluminium-look underbody guard, ParkPilot, rear-view camera and a mechanical differential lock round out the appointments.
Meanwhile, the Amarok Dark Label is a limited-edition model based on the European market's Comfortline specification, adding an array of dark-themed enhancements inside and out.
Externally, the Dark Label edition is finished in 'Indium Grey' matte paint, while also featuring black sill pipes, matte-black sports bar, lacquered chrome strips on the front grille, and 18-inch high-gloss 'Rawson' alloy wheels.
'Dark Label' logos and badging are included in the visual changes, along with matte-black door handles and exterior mirrors. Inside, the Amarok Dark Label gets the new black headliner, and 'Dark Label'-stamped black floor mats.
In Europe, both 120kW and 150kW tunes of the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel are being offered, with the former coming standard with a six-speed manual and the choice of rear- or on-demand all-wheel drive, while the 150kW version is offered with a six-speed manual with on-demand all-wheel drive or an eight-speed automatic with permanent all-wheel drive.
Volkswagen's local arm is being tight-lipped regarding local prospects for a more powerful Amarok diesel and the Dark Label edition, though communications boss, Paul Pottinger, told CarAdvice: "Volkswagen is not going to come second in the ute power stakes".
That sounds like a direct response to the 190kW/550Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel that will feature in the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class - which should arrive locally early next year.
Pottinger added that the local division will "shortly" be making an announcement about an "über ute" that will top the Amarok V6 range. Stay tuned