2023 volkswagen amarok Bigger, Bolder Up to 298 HP

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles presented the new Amarok. The on- and off-road all-rounder has been designed and conceived in Germany and Australia; it is being produced in South Africa. A premium pick-up for Australia and New Zealand, numerous countries of Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Volkswagen Amarok Video

This new Amarok is certainly more fun to look at than the last one, and it’s bigger too. The wheelbase has grown (6.8-in) 173 mm to (128.7-in) 3,270 mm, which VW says delivers more room, especially for back seat passengers if you go for the optional double-cab layout over the standard single-cab design. But the overall length has only grown by 3.8-in (96 mm) because the overhangs have shrunk, which, together with an increase in wading depth from 19.7-in (500 mm) to 31.5-in (800 mm) should make it more useful off road. VW’s 4-Motion all-paw hardware is standard in some markets, optional in others, and comes in either selectable or permanent all-wheel drive forms, and with six driving modes to help you navigate tricky terrain.

New Amarok should prove more useful than the last. There’s a 7,716 lbs (3,500 kg) towing capacity, maximum payload is up from 2,200 lbs (1,000 kg) to 2,557 lbs (1,160 kg), and as with the old truck you can keep your cargo safe from prying eyes with an electrically operated roll cover. Even the roof has been engineered with practicality in mind. It has a static load capacity of 772 lbs (350 kg), enabling VW to offer a four-person roof tent as an option.

Volkswagen Amarok v6 2023

Four diesel engines and a gasoline mill have been prepared, all benefitting from turbocharging. In the African market, VW Commercial Vehicles will sell the new Amarok with a 2.0 TDI making 148 hp (110 kW) while other regions will get a more potent version of the oil-burner with 168 hp (125 kW). More expensive diesel-fueled Amaroks will rely on a bi-turbo four-pot setup with either 201 hp (150 kW) or 207 hp (154 kW).

The range-topping diesel engine will be a 3.0-liter V6 making 238 hp (177 kW) or 247 hp (184 kW). In regions where gasoline engines are preferred, the next-gen Amarok will boast a 2.3-liter unit producing 298 hp (222 kW). A ten-speed automatic transmission will be standard for all engines generating 207 hp (154 kW) or higher while the rest are going to be linked to a six-speed auto and a five- or six-speed manual.

Volkswagen Amarok 2023 interior

Not only has the exterior been completely revamped, but so has the cabin where the vertical infotainment takes center stage. Running on a mildly modified version of Ford's SYNC 4, the touchscreen measures 10 or 12 inches depending on the trim level. It sits alongside a digital instrument cluster with an eight-inch diagonal on the cheaper models and 12 inches for the upper trims.

The seat system has also been completely redesigned. It provides passengers with the customary Volkswagen comfort; in the top versions the seats feature electric, 10-way adjustment. The back of the double-cab Amarok also offers plenty of space and comfort for three adult passengers to enjoy the journey.

As of a power output of 154 kW all Amarok versions will come onto the market as standard with a new 10-speed automatic gearbox served via a (by wire) e-shifter. For the 150-kW version this automatic transmission will be available as an option. The new 10-speed gearbox replaces the 8-speed automatic transmission of the predecessor model. In addition, there will be 6-speed automatic transmission and manual 6- or 5-speed gearboxes for various engines.

In many markets the Amarok is being supplied with all-wheel drive (4MOTION) as standard. Depending on region and engine there will be two different 4MOTION systems here: one with selectable all-wheel drive based on the given situation, and one with permanent all-wheel drive. The drive system technology ensures that the new Volkswagen Amarok too is able to master any terrain and depending on engine version is permitted to tow up to 3.5 tonnes.

Over 20 new driver assist systems make driving even more effortless

'No matter what': up to six different driving profiles (Drive Modes) assist the driver in a variety of situations - for instance, when driving on slippery surfaces or on demanding off-road terrain. The new Amarok is also made easier to drive by a whole armada of driver assist systems. More than 20 of these systems - for example ACC+ Adaptive Cruise Control (incorporates road signs into the automatic control of speed via 

In the latest generation too the VW Amarok is a vehicle that functions like a perfect tool - tailored just as uncompromisingly to private adventures as to everyday life and work. Dozens of places for storing things simplify life on board. It begins in the Amarok at the front with a roof console for items like sunglasses (Life and above); the sun visors meanwhile can take toll tickets or vehicle documents (driver's side only on the base version); a large compartment on the dashboard serves as a shelf; on the front passenger side there is not one but two glove compartments; the front centre console underneath the infotainment system houses a compartment with an optional inductive charging function for smart phones (as standard on the Style and above); in the back of the centre console there are two cup holders, a bin for small items like coins and a roomy compartment under the centre armrest for larger things like a tablet; large bins in the front doors inclusive of bottle holder (up to 1.5 litres) and a practical storage compartment under the front seats (Life version and above) round off the array of storage options. In the back, map/tablet pockets in the backrests of the front seats, small smart phone pockets in the backrests of the leather versions, a centre armrest with two cup holders, bins in the door panels and relatively large storage space behind the seats add to the array of compartments and trays in the interior of the Amarok, which, depending on specification, totals up to 20.

VW aims to sell the 2023 Amarok in five different flavors: Amarok, Life, Style, and the newly added off-road-oriented PanAmericana along with a luxury-focused Aventura. Over 20 driver-assistance systems have been crammed into the truck, as well as matrix LED headlights and a Harman Kardon sound setup not offered on any other vehicle.

Ford will commence production of the all-new Amarok in September at its Silverton factory in Pretoria, South Africa. That said, VW Commercial Vehicles will continue to assemble the first-gen model in Pacheco, Argentina for South American regions.

2023 volkswagen amarok Bigger, Bolder Up to 298 HP 2023 volkswagen amarok Bigger, Bolder Up to 298 HP Reviewed by Dang Nhan on July 08, 2022 Rating: 5

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