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New Volkswagen Amarok: Australian range confirmed with petrol, diesel, manual, auto choices


Volkswagen opts for a remarkably broad range of variants, engines and transmissions for its incoming second-generation Amarok ute

It may share platforms and engines with the latest Ford Ranger, but the incoming second-generation Volkswagen Amarok does not share the Blue Oval’s approach to product planning.

Volkswagen will sell its version of the T6.2-chassis ute in Australia with a broader range of engines than Ford has opted to do with the Ranger, while a manual gearbox will remain in the Amarok lineup – though only when paired to the most modest diesel four-cylinder engine and not with a V6.

Volkswagen Amarok 2023 interior
The new Amarok has a large vertical touchscreen fitted to all grades

Set to be released in Australia in early in the first quarter of next year – likely January or February 2023 – the Amarok will be available in five trim grades.

Local pricing has not yet been released for the new Amarok, which was largely designed and developed in Australia – but the new Ranger line-up spans from $35,930 to $85,490 before on-road costs. Our team has considered how much the Amarok could cost in Australia in a previous article.

These five grades begin with the simply-named Amarok base grade, the second-tier Life and the mid-spec Style. From there, the new Amarok line diverges with a double-headed flagship strategy: a more rugged, off-road focussed Pan-Americana model, and a street-style Aventura model.

Volkswagen Amarok 2023 Panamericana side profile
Five grades of Amarok will come to Australia, including the new Pan-Americana model

On arrival, the Amarok will compete with not only the new Ranger, but other capable dual-cab 4×4 utes like the Toyota Hilux, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara and GWM Ute.

Volkswagen Amarok Australian line-up: key points

  • Five trim grades confirmed: base, Life, Style, Pan-Americana, Aventura
  • Three engines available in Australia in four configurations
  • Turbo petrol four-cylinder to be optional on Amarok, unavailable on Ranger
  • Base grade retains the option of a manual-4×4 configuration

V6 diesel, diesel four-cylinder and surprise turbo-petrol four

Volkswagen had already confirmed it would continue to offer a V6 engine with the new Amarok, and the diesel six-cylinder will be available across three of the five grades: Style, Pan-Americana, and Aventura.

While there was initially debate about which manufacturer would supply the Amarok’s engine, it has been clear since the reveal of the Amarok Mk II that the 3.0-litre engine would be the Ford-PSA Lion six-cylinder that makes 184kW of power and 600Nm of torque – the same as in the new Ranger.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2022 V6 engine
Ford’s 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine will be available on the new Amarok

In a twist, the Aventura will be optionally available with a petrol engine: not the Ranger Raptor’s twin-turbo petrol V6, but instead a 2.3-litre single-turbo petrol four-cylinder that makes 222kW/452Nm.

The turbo-petrol four, which is only available in the Amarok Aventura, also does service in Ford’s Mustang coupe and convertible and was used in the previous-generation Focus RS in a higher state of tune.

Ford’s 2.0-litre diesel four-cylinder is fitted to the base Amarok (in single-turbo 125kW/405Nm guide) and the Life (in twin-turbo 154kW/500Nm configuration). The twin-turbo diesel ‘four is the base engine in the Amarok Style, though that trim allows buyers to option the 3.0-litre diesel V6.

Volkswagen Amarok 2023 Aventura rear end
The Aventura grade (pictured) can be optioned with a turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine

The turbo petrol, twin-turbo diesel four-cylinder and diesel V6 versions of the Amarok use a 10-speed torque converter automatic – but the single-turbo diesel gives entry-level buyers a choice of a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Ford does not offer a new manual Ranger in Australia.

All grades are four-wheel drive as standard, though the 4×4 systems do differ across the range. With the V6 and turbo petrol engines, it is a permanent 4WD-Auto system (with selectable low range), while in the diesel four-cylinder it is a selectable 4WD system that runs in 2WD mode (rear-wheel drive) on the road.

Standard features in Australia for Amarok by trim grade

Volkswagen says the incoming Amarok grades essentially line up with the outgoing first-gen VW ute, with the base model replacing the old Core, the Life replacing the Sportline, the Style replacing the Highline, the Pan-Americana replacing the Canyon, and the Aventura continuing.

There’s no news yet of a continuation of the Amarok Walkinshaw line that saw first-gen ‘Roks sub-assembled in Melbourne into Australia-specific trim grades, though Volkswagen has repeatedly claimed it’s hopeful the partnership will continue with the new vehicle.

Volkswagen Amarok 2023 Aventura open tray
A Euro-pallet can fit between the wheel arches of the new Amarok

The ‘Amarok’ base grade includes:

  • LED headlights
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Unpainted bumpers, mirrors and door handles
  • Front and rear mudflaps
  • Manually-lockable tailgate
  • Tray lighting
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Plastic steering wheel
  • Plastic gear shifter
  • Fabric seat upholstery
  • Manually-adjustable front seats; six-way (driver), four-way (passenger)
  • 10-inch vertical touchscreen
  • Four-speaker stereo
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless smartphone charging
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Mechanically-locking centre differential
  • Mechanical parking brake
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Reversing camera, rear parking sensors
  • Knee, centre and side curtain airbags

The level-two Amarok Life grade adds:

  • Painted body-coloured bumpers, mirrors and door handles
  • Twin front tow hooks
  • LED fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Electrically-folding, heated side mirrors with puddle lights
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Power-locking tailgate
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather gear shifter
  • Carpet floor
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Embossed fabric seat upholstery
  • Manually-adjustable front seats, eight-way (both)
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Auto-dimming rear view mirror
Volkswagen Amarok 2023 switchgear
The Amarok has unique switchgear and finishes inside when compared to Ranger

The mid-specification Amarok Style adds:

  • Matrix ‘IQ light’ LED headlights
  • Larger 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome rear bumper and side steps
  • Stainless steel tray sports bar
  • Tray liner
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Art Velour seat upholstery
  • Electrically-adjustable driver’s seat; ten-way
  • Manually-adjustable front passenger’s seat; eight-way
  • Heated front seats
  • Larger 12-inch vertical touchscreen
  • 12-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 360-degree camera
  • Automated parking
  • Alarm

From there, the Amarok range diverges to twin high-spec variants.

The rugged Amarok Pan-Americana grade adds:

  • LED taillights
  • 18-inch alloy wheels in black
  • All-terrain tyres
  • Black front bumper with ‘X’ visual motif
  • Black-painted mirrors, bumpers, door handles and side steps
  • Black-painted tray sports bar
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Roof rails
  • Unique Pan-Americana decals
  • ‘Cricket’ leather seat upholstery
  • Leather dashboard
  • Leather door inserts
  • Eight-speaker premium stereo
  • Electrically-adjusted front passenger’s seat; 10-way
  • Black headliner
Volkswagen Amarok 2023 Aventura front end
Wheel sizes range between 17-inch and 21-inch (as above)

The street-focussed Amarok Aventura caps the lineup with:

  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome front bumper with ‘X’ visual motif
  • Chrome side mirrors, door handles, rear bumper, and side steps
  • Chrome tray sail plane
  • Electronic tray roll cover
  • ‘Savona’ leather seat upholstery

Eight colours will be available for the Amarok, with one unique to Volkswagen. The paint range consists of:

  • Moroccan blue metallic (unique to the Amarok, unavailable on Ranger)
  • Diffused silver metallic
  • Moondust silver metallic
  • Lucid red metallic
  • Carbonised grey metallic
  • Blue lightning metallic
  • Agate black metallic
  • Frozen white solid

Further details on the new Amarok, including pricing for Australia, is expected to be released ahead of the ute’s early 2023 local release.