Volkswagen's new six-speed manual V6 Amarok will cost from $48,990 drive-away, according to its website, which has published details ahead of the local launch next month.
This is the less than the list price of $49,590 before on-road costs and also includes an accessory starter pack.
The Volkswagen Amarok V6 Core TDV6 Enduro pack is listed at $48,990 drive away as a limited offer (expires 31st January 2020) and comes with a $1200 pack to that includes black side decals, a black bonnet deflector and black sportsbar.
This makes the Volkswagen Amarok TDV6 manual Australia's cheapest entry point into 4X4 ute with a diesel V6 under the bonnet, with power and torque levels right at the top of the class.
Pricing under the $50,000 threshold lines the V6 Core Amarok Core V6 against the likes of Ford Ranger XL, Isuzu D-Max LS-U, Toyota HiLux SR, Holden Colorado LS-X, Nissan Navara ST and Mitsubishi Triton Toby Price Edition.
While specifications of the competition varies, none of them can boast of having as much grunt as the Amarok.
The Amarok's V6 diesel makes 165kW, with an overboost functon that periodically gives up to 180kW. Maximum torque is down to 500Nm with the manual transmission, but has a wider peak torque range (1250-3000rpm). That's compared to 550Nm with the automatic gearbox, which is available between 1500 and 2500rpm.
The manual-geared Amarok also runs through a part-time 4WD system and low range transfer case, compared to the permanent 4WD and no low range when equipped with the automatic transmission.
The only potential downside is that the manual V6 reverts to the 3.0-tonne towing capacity rather than the 3.5-tonne capacity of the automatic V6.
Standard equipment on the VW Amarok TDV6 Core manual includes 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, rear-view camera and 6.33-inch 'composition media' with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.