VOLKSWAGEN Australia has confirmed its Amarok V6 range will receive a six-speed manual variant due to land in local showrooms by December this and the German marque has also pulled the sheets off the V6 Canyon TDI550 and V6 Highline Black variants of its popular 4x4 ute.

Like the rest of the Amarok V6 range, the Core manual will be powered by a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine capable of generating 165kW (180kW on overboost).

However, unlike the automatic variants, the manual’s torque tops out at 500Nm instead of 550Nm and 580Nm (Ultimate 580). Its claimed 3000kg braked towing capacity also falls 500kg short of its automatic stablemates.

Importantly, the Amarok V6 Core will be fitted with a low-range transfer case, which will obviously appeal to off-road drivers. The notion of a manual variant has been floating around for more than a year now, with Volkswagen Australia only recently succumbing to its customers and fan base who have been crying out for a three-pedal Amarok V6.

“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, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Australia.

“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.”

The Core V6 manual should be priced at around the $45K mark.

While we have to wait until December for the arrival of the V6 Core manual, the new V6 Canyon and Highline Black models are already at local dealers.

The special-edition Amarok V6 Canyon TDI550 returns after a five-year hiatus. Scoring the 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine found in Core and Highline models, and good for 165kW (180kW on overboost) and 550Nm, the Canyon is offered with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

Despite no mechanical changes, the Canyon differentiates itself from the rest of the Amarok range thanks to 17-inch ‘Aragua’ alloy wheels, tinted rear tail-lights, a black rear bumper, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, unique Canyon door and tailgate decals, and a raft of interior changes headlined by special Canyon seat trim.

The Canyon is available in four colours: Candy White, Indium Grey Metallic, Deep Black Pearl Effect and Outback Orange. Only 350 units are available at an RRP of $57,990.

The Amarok V6 Highline Black, which is also on sale now, will become a permanent fixture in the line-up. In addition to a tweak to the Amarok’s nose, plenty of blacked-out features have been added to the V6 Highline including 20-inch black ‘Talca’ alloy wheels, high-gloss black sports bar and side bars, a black rear bumper, black badging, gloss black exterior mirrors, gloss black/chrome radiator grille bars, and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

Powered by the 190kW/580Nm (200kW on overboost) 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6, the V6 Highline Black is available at an RRP of $64,990.