Local director for VW's commercial division confirms the company is looking to bring stick-shift versions of its V6 ute, with the entry-level Core to be the first cab off the rank later this year.

Volkswagen Australia is looking to further expand its Amarok range in the coming months, headlined by the introduction of manual versions of its V6 variants.

Speaking with CarAdvice at the launch of the Caddy Beach camper van in Sydney this week, Ryan Davies, director for Volkswagen Australia's commercial vehicle division, said the local arm is keen to bring the manual-equipped Amarok V6 Down Under.

"We probably won't see it before quarter three, quarter four [of 2019]," he said of the Core V6 manual that should come in at under $50,000.

Furthermore, Davies indicated the manual transmission could also be available on other trim levels of the V6-powered ute.

"It's likely that we'll be able to have that in Highline as well," he said, though couldn't confirm a timeframe.

The Amarok V6 Core and Highline both run a 165kW/550Nm version of the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 that features in a range of Volkswagen Group models, while the top-spec V6 Ultimate 580 pumps out a beefier 190kW and 580Nm (200kW on overboost).