The 2022 Volkswagen Amarok debuted with a redesigned interior and exterior, an expanded range of possible technology systems, and a larger wheelbase that creates greater inside space. Late in 2022, the vehicle, which will be available in multiple variants, will hit global dealerships.
Volkswagen Reveals New Volkswagen Amarok Price, Accessories, Interior, and Exterior
Volkswagen and Ford collaborated to build the second-generation pickup truck. Under the hood, the new Amarok is closely similar to the most recent generation of the Ranger, but the collaboration is not an exercise in badge engineering. The Amarok visually adheres to Volkswagen’s current design language. It has a tall, upright front end, headlights with LED features, and C-shaped taillights. Keep in mind that the model depicted in our gallery is an upscale version; more basic (and plain-appearing) trim levels will also be available.
At launch, purchasers will need to select between a two- and four-door cab. Both body designs are approximately four inches longer than the equivalent original model (the longest variant measures 210.6 inches in length, 75.1 inches in width, and 74.3 inches in height) and ride on a nearly seven-inch-longer wheelbase. This allowed designers to create a cabin with additional space. By adding more sheet metal to the wheelbase than to the overall length, another significant advantage is unlocked: the new truck has shorter overhangs, which increases the approach and departure angles to 29 and 21 degrees, respectively. Additionally, its water-crossing capacity has been significantly enhanced. Volkswagen states that the new Amarok can drive-through around 31.5 inches of water, an increase from the previous generation’s 19.6 inches.
Extra space is not the only interior modification of note. Customers in several regions, particularly Europe, are purchasing pickups for daily usage and want the same degree of comfort and technology as wagons and SUVs. In this regard, the new Amarok comes standard with a digital instrument cluster and a portrait-oriented touchscreen for the infotainment system, with a Harman Kardon sound system available as an option. Adaptive cruise control is one of over 20 driving aids available worldwide.
Four turbodiesel TDI engines and one turbocharged gasoline-powered engine are available globally; however, not all engines will be offered in every area. The entry-level turbodiesel engine is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder rated at 150 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This engine will be offered largely in Africa. Next is a 170-horsepower evolution of this engine, followed by a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine with around 204 horsepower. The range-topping engine is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 tuned to produce up to 250 horsepower and a robust 442 pound-feet of torque. The only gasoline-powered option is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 302 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque; this engine is shared with the Ford Ranger.
Transmission options vary by market and include 10-, eight-, and six-speed automatic transmissions as well as six- and five-speed manual transmissions. In many markets, Volkswagen‘s 4Motion all-wheel-drive technology is standard, although the specs are not as easy as they may initially appear. Some marketplaces will have a temporary system, but others will have a permanent system.
The Amarok is capable of towing up to 7,716 pounds and carrying up to 2,557 pounds in its most powerful form, which is more than the standard Ford F-150 Lightning. Its 21-gallon gasoline tank should provide a decent driving range, but fuel economy data is unavailable.
Before the end of 2022, the new Volkswagen Amarok will begin arriving on dealer lots in Europe and a number of other locations. Pricing information has not yet been released, but it is of little interest to us because there is no indication that the vehicle will be marketed in the United States. Volkswagen has occasionally considered returning to the U.S. truck market, but the Amarok is unlikely to appear.