Volkswagen has followed through on its promise to offer an Amarok V6 with three pedals, today confirming the manual Core V6 4x4 will go on sale before the end of the year.
The company first confirmed its plans for an 'enthusiast' Amarok (interior pictured below, exterior images to come) with a manual and differential lock in June 2018, having consulted with a range of owner's clubs.
Power comes from a 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel making 165kW (180kW on overboost) and 500Nm, put to the road through a six-speed manual transmission.
There's a low-range transfer case on board, too, with Volkswagen claiming a braked towing capacity of 3000kg. Pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, but the mid-to-high $40,000 would be a good estimate.
As with the wider Core range, the manual will come with cloth seats, four-wheel disc brakes, a rear-view camera, and uncarpeted floors. Infotainment comes courtesy of a 6.4-inch touchscreen display complete with smartphone mirroring, and a monochrome screen in the instrument binnacle.
"At every off-road, caravan and camping expo and Big Red Bash concert the team and I attend, we speak with current owners and members of the off-roading community who have begged us to bring an Amarok V6 manual to Australia,” said Ryan Davies, head of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
"It was because of that passion that we were able to mount a case with our head office in Germany to build one and, based on Australia remaining the number one export market in the world for the V6 Amarok, we are finally able to offer this unique, Aussie-spec ‘Rok."
Along with the new 'base' V6 model, the Amarok range is gaining two higher-end variants. The V6 Highline Black gains a set of 20-inch black alloy wheels, gloss black finishes for the rear bumper and bars in the tray, and blacked-out badging on the tailgate.
In keeping with the dark and stormy theme, the exterior mirrors and radiator are also finished in black.
Inside, the car's cloth seats are finished in 'palladium' grey, and the headlining and pillar trims are blacked out. A set of heated leather seats are optional, too.
Power comes from a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 making 190kW (200kW on overboost) and 580Nm, as Volkswagen pushes the more powerful engine from the Ultimate down into the Highline lineup.
It's priced from $64,990 before on-road costs, and will be a permanent fixture in the range.
Finally, the V6 Canyon will be offered in limited numbers from next month. Just 350 are being built, priced from $57,990 before on-road costs.
Powered by the 550TDI engine from Core and Highline models, the Canyon gets special seat trim inside, dark-tinted tail-lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, tailgate decals and a black rear bumper.
Four colours are offered: Candy White, Indium Grey, Metallic Deep Black Pearl Effect, and Outback Orange. Orange also brings black wheel arch trim, too.