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The Volkswagen Amarok Dark Label special edition has been confirmed and detailed for the Australian market, ahead of a local launch in April.

Limited to 500 units nationally, the Dark Label is positioned between the Highline and Ultimate variants of the German ute, though pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Specification highlights include ‘Vienna’ leather trim, heated front seats, a matte black sports bar and side steps, black wheel arch flares, special 18-inch anthracite alloy wheels, and a full black interior including the headliner and pillar trims.

Under the bonnet is the 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel shared with other Amarok variants, along with various models from the Audi and Porsche stables.

Outputs are rated at 165kW and 550Nm, with power jumping to 180kW on overboost for short periods. Drive is sent to a permanent four-wheel drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The confirmation of the Amarok Dark Label for our market comes after the special edition was first shown at last year’s Frankfurt motor show, complete with ‘Indium Grey’ matte paint and two tunes of the V6 turbo-diesel – for the European market at least.

Once again, Volkswagen has some fighting words hidden in its release about the special-edition ute, with local director for commercial vehicles, Carlos Santos, taking aim at the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class.

“We’ve heard about this Mercedes-Benz collaboration with Nissan,” he said, “Don’t worry – the Amarok is not about to be left behind by the X-Class.”

Grab the popcorn…

We’re waiting on more images of the Amarok Dark Label, stay tuned for more pictures and pricing information closer to launch!

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