Volkswagen has announced a more powerful Amarok V6 is on the way, just in time to greet the range-topping V6 Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Power will come from a new, Euro 6 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 making 190kW and 580Nm – up from the 165kW and 550Nm (180kW on over boost) offered by the current range-topper.
Those tracking the incoming X-Class will know those figures are almost a perfect match for the 190kW and 550Nm on offer in the X350d, although the Volkswagen actually offers more torque.
“As we’ve promised before, we have no intention of giving up the mantle of the most powerful ute in its class and are looking to offer the upgraded 190kW Amarok V6 later in the year," said Carlos Santos, local Volkswagen director of commercial vehicles.
Although it'll likely still undercut the Mercedes on price, the rollout will mirror that of the current V6 range. That means the range-topping Ultimate will likely come first, followed by cheaper Highline and Sportline variants.
Pricing hasn't been confirmed, but we'd expect to see the Ultimate cost slightly more than the current $68,490 (before on-roads) flagship.
Exact timing beyond "later this year" hasn't been confirmed, but Australia is one of the biggest export markets for the Amarok, and as such can expect to be near the front of the queue.
“Amarok continues to be a huge success story for Volkswagen in Australia, winning fans in Birdsville and boardrooms alike," Santos said.