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The 2013 Amarok Gets Upgrades. However, we won’t be seeing them here. Rumors seem to crop up every 3-4 months that Volkswagen’s small pickup, the Amarok, may or may not go on sale here in the U.S. While we could debate whether the small pickup market is still a money making segment here or not, the reality is that the so-called chicken tax makes it nearly impossible for VW to build this truck overseas and export it into our market. That means it would have to be built here in North America to avoid the chicken tax. Making a business case to build them here would be difficult. Most manufacturers have pulled out of the small truck market including Ford (at least temporarily). We think there is room to build something unique with a diesel engine offering that could spark new interest in small pickups, but would we bet our job on it? That’s the tough question…
Meanwhile the Amarok is enjoying healthy sales outside our market and VW has tooled up a second production line in Hanover, Germany. With that new production line come some upgrades in engines, power and economy. The full press release with details follows:
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Press Release…
The end of June saw the start of Hannover-based production of all double cab Amaroks for the European and Russian market. And to celebrate the start of production in the Stöcken plant, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ successful pickup has been given a whole range of new features. Along with more powerful engines, the Amarok will also have an increased trailer load, a range of practical new convenience features, and an extended warranty against corrosion perforation.
The start of Amarok production in Hannover at the end of June saw a variety of changes being made to the successful pickup in time for the new 2013 model year. In addition to an enhanced powertrain and a range of new convenience features, the whole vehicle has also been upgraded.
The Amarok has just got a lot more powerful: Engine performance in manual BiTurbo TDI models has been increased from 120 kW / 161 HP to 132 kW / 177 HP, bringing it to the same level as automatic gearbox versions. Despite the increased engine power, the Amarok manages to keep its exceptional driving performance while keeping fuel consumption at its previous low level.
Following its launch in the automatic version, BlueMotion Technology is now available with the 121 HP and 177 HP manual Amarok in conjunction with the rear-wheel drive system or the permanent four-wheel drive version.
Already featured in the T series, Caddy and Crafter, the combination of the engine start/stop function, regenerative braking (braking energy recovery) and tires with optimized rolling resistance helps the Amarok to save up 0.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. The most economic version of the Amarok (121 hp with rear-wheel drive) consumes a mere 6.8 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres (34.6 mpg), corresponding to CO2 emissions of just 179 g/km.
Many Amarok customers were also keen to see the vehicle fitted with the driver assist systems available in other Volkswagen models. So drivers of a Trendline or Highline edition now get a helping hand when it comes to parking thanks to the ParkPilot: using sensors fitted in the rear bumper, the system emits a warning sound whenever the vehicle approaches an obstacle.
The Light and Sight package has been added as an option. Consisting of a rain sensor, automatic headlight control, the coming home / leaving home function (which lights up the area around the vehicle when you’re getting in and out) and an automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror, it makes life easier for drivers by giving them more time to concentrate on the traffic.
Amarok owners also have the option of a cornering light which provides that extra bit of safety when driving in the dark. When the vehicle is turning, the front fog light on the inside of the bend lights up at speeds of up to 40 km/h, giving the driver a better view of any possible dangers in the road ahead.
The automatic “Climatronic” air conditioning system ensures that the interior is kept cool during the summer months. During the winter, the cab is kept warm by a remote-controlled supplementary heating system which can also be programmed to heat the interior before you get in.
The overall vehicle has also had a bit of a makeover. The tailgate, which can bear loads of up to 200 kg, can now be locked and is also much easier to close thanks to a torsion bar (fitted as standard from Trendline and above).
The maximum trailer weight for all four-wheel drive Amaroks with manual gearboxes is now 3 tonnes, while automatic Amaroks can tow up to 3.2 tonnes. These additions mean that the Amarok is even better equipped for its role as a popular towing vehicle, and commercial users can also have it fitted with preparation for a digital tachograph. What’s more, it comes with a 12-year warranty against corrosion perforation.
Prices for the Amarok start at €19,835 (net) for a 90 kW single cab or €22,610 (net) for the same model with a double cab.
The Amarok pickup, which is produced in Hannover and Pacheco in Argentina, is available with either a double or a single cab. Customers have the choice of two TDI engines with either 90 kW or 132 kW, and three different types of powertrain – rear-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel drive and non-permanent four-wheel drive. In addition to the manual versions with six-speed gearboxes, the Amarok is also available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Altogether, customers can choose from eleven different Amarok combinations. A particularly unique aspect of the Amarok is its flexible load space: options include a load compartment coating, an aluminium checker plate lining, a range of load compartment covers and a water and dust-proof hard top, all of which are available pre-ordered from the factory. A range of exterior packages ensure that the pickup makes a statement wherever it goes, while off-road packages help to keep the vehicle on good ground and undamaged when driving off road.