On the powertrain front Volkswagen will be offering the latest Amarok with a choice of three 2.0l four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines ranging in output from 110kW to 154kW. There's also an extra-meaty 3.0l V6 turbodiesel that, depending on the market, is tuned to deliver either 177kW or 184kW. There's only one petrol engine on offer and that's the 222kW 2.3l four-cylinder turbocharged mill that was once on offer in Ford's Mustang. A 10-speed automatic transmission comes standard on engine variants making 154kW+ and optional on less potent models where a five- or six-speed manual gearbox is standard.
Depending on the motor fitted, the new Amarok can carry a payload of up to 1,160kg and tow a maximum of 3,500kg. Roof-static load capacity has been cranked up to 350kg. The cargo box can be secured using an electrically operated roll cover. This can be operated from the cargo box itself, inside the vehicle or by remote control via the vehicle's key.
Volkswagen is making five model derivatives available from launch starting with the entry-level and eponymously named Amarok. Next up is the Life model followed by the arguably more plush Style, Panamericana and flagship Aventura. Depending on the variant you can expect a more premium cabin complimented by a digitised dashboard featuring a fully digital instrument cluster and either a 10- or 12-inch centrally-mounted, portrait-format touchscreen infotainment system that syncs with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.