Volkswagen’s Amarok is one of the best names in the ever-expanding pick-up truck market.
Until the Mercedes X-Class came along last year, the Amarok was unique in that it spliced a premium five-seat interior with load-lugging practicality and the kind of great drive you’d expect from something bearing the VW badge.
And we’re not the only ones who like it. An international judging panel voted the original Amarok the best pick-up at the Van of the Year Awards in 2010, and the second-generation model collected the title yet again in November 2017.
Now the Amarok is about to get even better following the news that upper-trim variants are to be offered with VW’s three-litre V6 diesel.
Reserved for Highline and Aventura models, this hefty oilburner produces 254bhp with a 14bhp overboost and up to 580Nm of torque. The V6 diesel comes permanently linked to VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which means it should be able to conquer pretty much any road laid before it.
Buyers can expect a well-fleshed spec list that includes bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.
However, aside from bolting in the V6, this A-list Amarok receives a number of extras like titanium black Nappa leather-wrapped seats and 20-inch ‘Talca’ wheels in dark graphite with a high-gloss surface. Aventura models can also be specced with a metallic ‘peacock green’ paint job.
You’ll be able to order this new range-topping V6 Amarok from June, and expect to have it sat on your driveway from September. Prices should be confirmed this summer.