Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

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Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by VooDoo » July 13th, 2012, 7:46 am

Pricing changes, more gear, more growl and an 8-spd auto.

Volkswagen has shaken up its Amarok ute range by cutting prices, adding more equipment and introducing an eight-speed automatic gearbox mated to a more powerful diesel engine to the range.

The range now leaps to 17 models, including a single-cab version alongside the dual-cab, as well as a bare-boned cab chassis option that ditches the default tub for buyers wanting a bit more versatility with the load space.

Engines run to the choice of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel, and one of two separate states of tune for a range-topping twin-turbo version of the diesel.

Pricing for the single-cab Amarok now starts from $25,990 with the VW-sourced tub, with the cab-chassis version taking $1500 off the price.

According to Volkswagen, an Australian-made aluminium tray featuring mudguards and tail-light protectors as standard is already available ‘‘for a couple of grand’’.

Standard equipment across the range now includes a Bluetooth phone connection, cruise control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls, making it better equipped than a base-model Golf hatchback. In another marketing quirk, the Amarok also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel and, on six-speed manual versions, a leather boot around the gear-shift lever.

The big-ticket item, though, is the eight-speed gearbox, which Volkswagen says is a ‘‘whole new leap in technology’’ for the commercial vehicle market.

First gear is reserved for the low-speed work, which includes off-road use, hauling a load or climbing a steep gradient, while seventh and eighth gears are both overdrive ratios.

According to Volkswagen, the gearbox is rated at up to 450Nm of torque, shifts within 200 milliseconds, sits right at the lower end of the twin-turbo engine’s power band in eighth gear, and weighs only 5 kilograms more than the brand’s much-used six-speed ZF gearbox. Mated exclusively to the new range-topping TDI420 engine that produces 132kW of power and a healthy 420Nm of pulling power, it is also only available on four-wheel-drive dual-cab versions of the Amarok.

Entry-level pricing for the auto, then, starts from $45,990 for the Dual Cab 4Motion, compared with the TDI400 entry-level manual version that’s priced from $42,990 - and now cheaper by $1000 - and produces only 120kW and 400Nm.

The Amarok keeps its four airbags and passenger cell that has helped it achieve a five-star safety rating.
Entry-level buyers also get an off-road setting in rear-drive models, and a clever electronic brake setting that stops the Amarok rolling back on hill starts, or gaining too much speed while running down steep inclines.

All-wheel-drive versions of the Amarok gain a mechanical rear differential lock by default.

The non-tradie Trendline model gains different-look 16-inch alloy wheels, refined four-speaker audio and a rear tailgate lock as standard kit. It has fallen by $2000 to start from $45,990 for the six-speed manual version.

Mid-specification Highline buyers gain different-look 17-inch alloy wheels, a sports bar that was previously available only on the Ultimate, side steps and once-optional rear parking sensors. It, too, has fallen by $2000 to start from $50,990.

The range-topping Ultimate model, meanwhile, gains different-look alloy wheels. Pricing for it starts from $58,490 for the manual version ranging all the way up to $61,490 for the TDI420 with the eight-speed auto.
Towing capacity has also had an update, rising from 2800kg to 3000kg braked.

Fuel use for the all-paw, manual only 400TDI version of the Amarok stays at 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while the more powerfully engined auto version is rated slightly higher at 8.3L/100km.

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by Shaker4x4 » July 13th, 2012, 9:50 am

Wow, coming up in the world. What an awesome tourer they would be. Shame we still have to modify suspension and change tyres to make them off-road-able, but wow, sounds good!

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by garrycol » July 13th, 2012, 11:47 am

Your point being - we also need to do that to just about any other 4wd ute so no different on that front.

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by Sparkys » July 13th, 2012, 12:24 pm

Popcorn :p

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by Shaker4x4 » July 14th, 2012, 3:02 am

garrycol wrote:Your point being - we also need to do that to just about any other 4wd ute so no different on that front.
That's all I meant yes :whyme: It's a shame we have to do that to any 4WD is more what I meant and something with so many good points as this, wouldn't it be nice if they were all ready to go more serious off road is my point. But then again, a lot of people don't even do off road work with them and rather look at the safety, drive-abilty and features. I suppose when I see all these new 4WDs they are all squishies. Givus a break though, it was 9:50am and been up all night with my partner whom is now in hospital as of a couple of hours ago. Just tired :)

No Sparkys, popcorn went stale, moving along... :urgh:

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by calibrated » July 14th, 2012, 10:26 am

We went to glasshouse mountains 2 weeks ago, with a bog stock standard Rok, still HT tyres and all.

I think you would be shocked to see how capable they are, straight off the showroom floor.
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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by nonzero » July 15th, 2012, 5:03 pm

About as capable as any other ute with a HT tyres and a factory locker.

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Re: Volkswagen's reloaded Amarok

Unread post by calibrated » July 15th, 2012, 5:34 pm

No.

We spent most of the day recovering the Hilux and Triton that were with us ;)
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