VOLKSWAGEN has officially announced the much-rumoured V6 diesel-powered Amarok will become a reality when the facelifted one-tonne truck goes on sale later this year.
VW Groupís 3.0-litre unit will be fitted to top-spec models, while the 2.0TDI bi-turbo engine will continue in lower-spec variants.
Making up to 550Nm from just 1500rpm, the 2967cc V6 Amarok will be the most torquey one-tonne ute available. It will outgun the current torque leader, the Holden Colorado, which makes 500Nm from its 2.8- litre inline four-cylinder engine.
The VW V6 may also be offered in lower states of tune for various markets and specification levels.
It is expected the V6 Amarok will continue with the part-time, dual-range 4x4 system when backed by the six-speed manual gearbox, and full-time, single-range when backed by the eightspeed automatic transmission.
Buyers can expect the V6TDI Amarok to be the highest-priced one-tonne ute on the market. The Amarok TDI420 Ultimate already holds that tag at a list price of $63,990, but we tip the V6, which will be an additional model to the range, will raise this price considerably.
Weíre also tipping other manufacturers to bring out their own high-spec models to cash in on the lucrative top end of the market.
However, no one else has suggested a V6TDI engine
except Mercedes-Benz, whose Nissan Navara-based ute isnít expected to surface until 2018.
The Amarokís facelift doesnít appear to bring much more than new bumpers, grille and lights, while safety tech is expected to improve with autonomous emergency braking.
The interior is yet to be revealed, but itís expected to be updated in line with other new VW models. Likewise, towing capacity is tipped to increase from 3000kg to the class standard of 3500kg.
The VW Amarok has been a favourite with 4X4 Australia, winning the coveted Ute of the Year accolade on numerous occasions and impressing us with its dynamics, space and performance.
We can only expect this to continue when the V6TDI model arrives in the fourth quarter of this year.
Stay tuned to 4x4australia. com.au for our first drive of the new V6TDI Amarok in mid-June.