The fierce battle in the mid-size pickup class continues on the global market with more models and options emerging but with the Amarok model VW has the winning formula. Limited to the dual-cab body style and equipped with different power outputs turbodiesel V-6 in the combination with the 4Motion all-wheel drive, the Amarok Ute has proven as one of the best picks in the class. VW upgraded the V-6 to the limits in the power-bound version and delivers also different style and luxury level interiors and exteriors.
VW has also recently hinted what is in perspective of its successful ute. The V-6 reached its limits and the missing safety features should also appear in the Amarok but VW said there won’t be major upgrades until the next generation version. And the next generation Amarok should appear sometime between 2020 and 2022 with the new styling and more safety equipment. The sources also claim the joint venture with the Ford Company as the new-gen Amarok could share the T6 platform with the global Ranger model. That move is to reduce production costs and we have more examples of that kind in the industry. Mazda will also switch to the Isuzu’s platform for its BT-50 model while Mercedes X-Class employs Navara’s underpinning.
As for the next 2020 VW Amarok version, there won’t be significant upgrades. VW won’t boost the power of the V-6 turbo further and won’t bring more advanced safety system for the 2020 version. To keep the focus on the model, the brand will likely offer new limited-edition versions and make some reorganization in the equipment levels.
2020 VW Amarok: Design
While the next-generation Amarok will adopt the Ford Ranger’s and the styling elements from VW’s most recent models, the 2020 VW Amarok will repeat the current form.
The successful Amarok will again appear in the four-door cab style only with the familiar styling. VW could again offer the uniquely styled special edition version to keep the attention on the model until the redesign and offer new color and wheel options but no radical cuts on model’s styling will happen.
The Amarok has an easily recognizable front-end style with the horizontally oriented grille and accentuated headlights. The truck combines smooth body lines with broad fender flares and has a conventionally-styled tailgate.
VW will offer the popular truck with optional cosmetic upgrades like the sports bar, chrome side bars, black and other accents. Buyers will also choose between the range of wheel options with the base version staring with the 17-inch wheels and upgrade to 20-inch units in the top grades.
Behind the wheel, the Amarok will provide almost a car-like feel and comforts. The massive dimensions of the dual-cab body style will offer plenty of room for the passengers including also the generous rear seat legroom.
The sleek dash style comes with well-organized controls and clear driver’s instrument panel. The model will equip all versions generously. The base truck will come with the multifunction trip computer, semi-auto air conditioning, six speakers, cruise control, electric mirrors and windows, etc. In the upper grades, the truck will boost the material and finish quality and offer more tech features. Available will be sat-nav system, App-connect system, navigation, DAB, voice control but the convenience features like the leather upholstery, 14-way power seats, unique carpet mats and more as well.
2020 VW Amarok: Powertrains
The heart of the 2020 VW Amarok will be a smooth and refined 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 engine available in several power outputs.
The most powerful V-6 version will provide the peak torque of 580 Nm and 254 hp (190 kW) of power while with the overboost will add an additional 14 horsepower (total of 200 kW). Buyers will also choose the version with 201 hp(165kW) and 550 Nm of torque. The low-level performance V-6 will make 164 hp.
The truck will also deliver good ride comfort thanks to the soft suspensions and responsive steering. The 4Motion all-wheel drive will also provide the all-traction capability. The wide cargo bed will also allow over 1, 100 kg of cargo and the towing will also match the class standards.
2020 VW Amarok: Arrival, Price
The 2020 VW Amarok will go on sale in late 2019. VW will reveal the price closer to the market launch but should keep it close to the current range.