2017 Volkswagen Amarok is the Midsize Luxo Truck We Can’t HavePosted in News on May 25, 2016
We’ve long looked at the Volkswagen Amarok midsize truck from afar with admiration. Stylish, efficient, and diesel-powered, it’s nearly everything we could want in a midsize truck. However, Volkswagen has made it clear many times that it has no plans to sell the truck in North America. That’s a pity because VW has applied a steady stream of continual improvements to its midsize hauler, culminating in the 2017 model, the most well-equipped and powerful Amarok to date.
Up until now, most Amaroks were equipped with VW’s 2.0L TDI I-4. Some concept versions have been shown with the larger 3.0L V-6. Now, the bigger diesel is a factory option in the Amarok, making 221 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 7.9 seconds.
In addition to the updated powertrain, the redesigned Amarok sports a new, more angular interior design language, with updated infotainment and display technology. VW is especially proud of the Amarok’s new “ergoComfort” seats, which have won an award from a German orthopedic association. The driver and front passenger seats on the top-trim “Aventura” are 14-way adjustable for the ultimate in comfort. Additional features include park assist, four 12V power outlets, and Bluetooth connectivity. Unsurprisingly, a fully loaded Amarok Aventura will tally up to the equivalent of $52,000. We really like it, but we’re not sure we like it quite that much. Then again, a lux truck like that would be a good match for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
The new Amarok will go on sale in many markets other than the U.S. in September.