T the curtain is raised: VW has officially launched the new Amarok pickup presented. Series production of the all-wheel-drive commercial vehicle has been going on at the VW plant in Buenos Aires since the beginning of December. Sales will initially start in South America at the beginning of 2010, the market launch in Germany should take place in September 2010.
Close to reality: the VW Amarok show car from the IAA
The first pictures of the Series models make it clear how close to reality the show car was, which we presented exclusively at 4wheelfun at the beginning of January 2009. With the exception of the loading area that runs diagonally from the edge of the roof, the prototype corresponded to the double cab shown now, which will be delivered to customers in the coming year. The new VW face, as it will adorn the future Tiguan, emphasizes horizontal lines and clear edges. The attached wheel arch extensions make the Amarok look very beefy when viewed from the front.
Initially, the VW Amarok is only available as a double cab
Production initially begins exclusively with the four-door double cab, whose loading area is from VW is described as the largest in the competitive field. With a length of 1,555 millimeters and a width of 1,620 millimeters and a usable width of 1,222 millimeters between the wheel arches, the Amarok should also be able to load a euro pallet sideways. VW specifies the payload of the 5.25 meter long Amarok with up to 1.15 tons. The trailer load is 2.8 tons. A single cabin version will follow later in the year. As is customary in this class, the Amarok is built on a sturdy ladder frame, the rigid rear axle hangs on progressively designed leaf springs, the second layer of which is only used when fully loaded.
Two-liter TDI in two performance levels for the VW Amarok
The Amarok is powered by two versions of the current common rail diesel engine with a displacement of two liters. The basic version with a single, variably controlled turbocharger has 122? HP and 340 Newton meters. The biturbo comes much more powerful with a two-stage charger, which mobilizes 163? Both engines are combined with a six-speed manual gearbox and should be extremely economical: 7.6 liters for the 122-hp diesel, 7.8 liters on average for the 163-hp version are the official figures. A visual gearshift recommendation is intended to encourage economical driving, the 80-liter tank promises ample ranges.
It will be the VW Amarokavailable in three equipment versions
The Amarok is offered in three equipment lines and with two different all-wheel drive systems. The basic version with unpainted bumpers and steel rims is intended for commercial use. The Amarok Trendline has bumpers painted in the body color and alloy wheels and already has all the essential comfort extras with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows, on-board computer and CD radio.
The lifestyle variant is the Amarok Highline. There will be an optional leather upholstery for him, instead of the manual air conditioning, the automatic Climatronic is available. The Highline also stands on 17-inch wheels and comes with painted wheel arch linings. From the start of sales, a full range of accessories such as a load compartment cover, running boards or roll bars is also available. When it comes to the interior, VW speaks of the largest in its class and emphasizes the generous legroom in the second row. The rear seats can also be folded up to create a protected cargo space. In addition to ESP, which is standard in Germany, up to six airbags ensure occupant safety.
Above-average terrain technology in the VW Amarok
The cockpit design is similar to the current VW Tiguan. The control buttons of the all-wheel drive system are located on the left and right next to the gear lever. In addition to the pure rear-wheel drive, two all-wheel drive systems are available: The classic rear-wheel drive with rigidly switchable front axle is the standard variant. For a surcharge, there is a permanent all-wheel drive that divides the power between the axles via a Torsen differential. The off-road reduction is also operated electrically, as is the transfer case lock on the permanent all-wheel drive. A switchable rear axle lock is also available for both 4x4 variants. This means that the Amarok's off-road performance should also be at a high level. The ABS can be switched to off-road operation in all versions and thus shortens the braking distance on loose surfaces with longer locking phases. Electronic traction control via braking intervention is also standard. In addition to the ESP, there are two other off-road features: The Hill Start Assist automatically holds the Amarok on an incline when the clutch is depressed. In addition, when off-road ABS is switched on, an automatic hill descent assistant goes to work, which supports the engine brake on steep inclines. That all sounds like an exciting performance in the 4wheelfun super test. First use for the VW Amarok: The Dakar Rally
The Amarok was first tested by fire as the support vehicle for the Dakar Rally. That first show? had probably also followed the mainly Japanese class competition with great interest. VW has given their established pickup models a clear declaration of war with the Amarok. The decades-long era of the emphasizes simpleknitted small truck with simple technology and consumption values beyond the ten-liter limit seems to be nearing its end. It will be correspondingly exciting to see what Toyota and Co. will come up with in response to the Amarok.