Volkswagen is preparing a more affordable Amarok Core V6 to slot in below the current Sportline, with a starting price below $50,000 and a manual option.
Speaking with media at an event in Sydney today, the company confirmed the new model will be showing up in dealerships from October in eight-speed automatic guise. We'll be the world's first market to get an 'entry level' Amarok V6 model– although Volkswagen wouldn't necessarily want to use that term.
Details about a manual variant, complete with a differential lock, are being nailed down, but the three-pedal variant is likely to surface early in 2019.
According to Volkswagen Commercial, the model's specification has been informed by conversations with a number of Amarok owner clubs. It'll have four-wheel disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear-view camera with parking sensors, a 6.5-inch infotainment system and, in a move to make beach-loving Queenslanders happy, vinyl floors. You'll get 165kW of power and 550Nm of torque from its 3.0-litre V6 diesel.
The additional model is expected to give the V6 an 80 per cent share of all Amarok sales, up from the 70 per cent it currently enjoys. There are no plans to cull the entry-level four-cylinder range, with Volkswagen arguing it sells well with fleets, and occupies a space the V6 simply can't on price.
At the other end of the scale is the Amarok V6 Ultimate (above), which has been treated to a power boost ahead of the Mercedes-Benz X350d's arrival. The revised 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel produces 190kW (200kW on overboost) and 580Nm, up 10kW and 30Nm on the range-topping Mercedes.
Thanks to the power bump, it'll now hit 100km/h in a claimed 7.3 seconds (down from 7.9 seconds) and run from 80-120km/h in 5.5 seconds, down from 6.0 seconds. Whether the more powerful engine tune will trickle down the range hasn't been finalised, although Volkswagen says it's working on it.
On the spec front, the Ultimate gains a new hero colour in the form of Peacock Green (pictured) and a new bumper on the outside, along with a black interior headliner in keeping with the wider Volkswagen range.
Although pricing hasn't been finalised, and the Volkswagen team on hand wouldn't be drawn on exact figures, there will be a price bump over the current model, which currently retails for $68,490 before on-road costs.
Rather cheekily, we were told it will cost "significantly less than a Raptor" when it launches. For reference, the Ranger Raptor will cost $74,990 when it touches down, while the V6 X-Class is expected to be around the same mark.
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