An upgrade for the new model year has led to the 2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 ute being given a 3500kg braked towing allowance - up from the 3000kg rating that still applies to previous examples.

The new rating comes courtesy of engineering changes to the Amarok's rear step setup, and the availability of a 3.5-tonne genuine Volkswagen tow bar.

The Amarok V6 is otherwise unchanged for the new model year, meaning its 165kW/550Nm diesel six carries over in its existing form.

Announcing the upgrade, Australia's Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles marketing manager Nick Reid said it had long been the "pet project" of the local arm.

“We know that Amarok buyers use their vehicle for work and play. The ability to tow a caravan or a boat is at the very heart of the Amarok, and we’re glad that we’re able to offer this enhancement to our customers, and their weekends,” Reid said.

Although this upgrade sees the Amarok V6 match the towing capacity of the segment's leaders, the wider four-cylinder Amarok range maintains the existing 3000kg rating.

Volkswagen will likely not be too fussed, however, with the company claiming the V6 is now the most popular of all Amarok variants for Australian buyers. Indeed, the company tells us that in August, the V6 represented 74 per cent of Amarok sales.

See our news coverage and reviews of the Amarok at the links below.

2018 Amarok V6 TDI550 4Motion pricing

Sportline Dual Cab Ute 8-speed Auto​​ - $55,490

Highline Dual Cab Ute 8-Speed Auto​​ - $59,990

Ultimate Dual Cab Ute 8-Speed Auto​​ - $67,990

Prices exclude on-road costs.