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2020 volkswagen Amarok 580S 4 Vokswagen Amarok 580S limited edition gets more black

Volkswagen Australia has detailed a special 580S version of the ever-popular Amarok ute; it’s loaded up with goodies inside and out, although there’s a conspicuous absence of added off-road ability.

The $70,990 ($77,507 driveaway) Amarok 580S edition commands a $6,000 premium over the $64,990 ($71,181 driveaway) 580 Highline and is available to order through Volkswagen’s online ordering platform.

Over $70,000 is an awful lot for a ‘work’ vehicle. Still, we know that Volkswagen’s current Amarok does offer a fantastic amount of everyday usability. However, its off-road chops might come into question against Ford’s Ranger, Nissan’s Navara and the venerable Toyota Hilux.

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86-watt LED lights are standard on the 580S.

Now, we know that the dual-cab marketplace will be shaken up soon; a new Ranger and Amarok are on the way, as is an all-new Hilux.

But that doesn’t mean the 580S should be ignored; Volkswagen has thrown quite the catalogue of extras at the Amarok for this limited run of 200 units.

First and foremost is the exclusive carbon steel grey paintwork – though customers can opt for deep black pearl or candy white too. Additional lighting has been added thanks to a roof-mounted light bar sporting dual 86-watt LED lights.

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Lots of black going on here.

More black makes an appearance on the 20-inch alloy wheels – which won’t be much good for the mud – a different body-colour front bumper, and premium black rollover protection.

Heated front seats make a welcome appearance, as does art velour upholstery, a black headliner and pillar trim. 

Under the bonnet is the same class-leading turbo-diesel V6 producing the same 200kW (on over-boost) and 580Nm, a refined and surprisingly car-like powertrain. Twisting force is shared between all four wheels via an eight-speed torque converter auto as standard.

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20-inch Alloys look good.

For the 200 units, it’s clear Volkswagen have prioritised the Amarok’s pulling card – it’s on-road manners – instead of the trend for gnarlier off-road kit like the Navara N-Trek Warrior

That certainly bucks the current trend, but it makes total sense in our book. And we know the Amarok is capable enough to handle what most will throw at it off the beaten patch.

Conjecture runs rife about the next-gen Amarok, with indications there will be a Ranger Raptor style ‘super-ute’ to come. We await more news on that, though.

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A dual-cab in its natural habitat.

For now we reckon the limited edition 580S looks purposeful in its black-on-black colourway, and Volkswagen says the special edition is selling fast on the new online sales platform.

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2020 Nissan Navara ST - 1 2020 Nissan Navara gets more black, better tech

For 2020, Nissan’s top-selling Navara will receive some additional gear and slight price alterations; this extends from the entry-level $34,550 (driveaway pricing TBA) RX variant to the awesome $63,490 (driveaway pricing TBA) N-Trek Warrior.

Nissan’s 2020 update to the Navara is needed, too. We know Ford and Volkswagen will be releasing an all-new Ranger/Amarok pair this year, with Mazda also likely to reveal an updated BT-50.

Nissan has worked on the road manners of the Navara, adding extra sound deadening to all dual-cab models. There’s also an acoustically optimised windscreen, says Nissan, and more sound deadening under the bonnet.

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It should be quieter in here says Nissan.

While outside the Navara now looks classier, inside the same dark and scratchy plastic cabin remains. Naturally, the materials are all hard-wearing for a reason, but we can’t help feeling that someone spending over $60,000 on a vehicle might want some classier touches.

However, the infotainment system does receive some updates with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto featuring an eight-inch touchscreen from the SL grade up. At the same time, all variants now get a 360-degree surround-view camera.

The oily bits remain the same for 2020 – that means the 2.3-litre twin-turbo diesel carries over with 140kW and 450Nm.

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It’s a tough looking dual-cab.

There’s quite an array of options available, the entry point being the barebones two-wheel-drive RX manual which retains its $34,550 (driveaway pricing TBA) for 2020. Without any real niceties, this is the workhorse of the range.

A four-wheel-drive RX with a seven-speed automatic starts at $1,400 less at $44,200 (driveaway pricing TBA) and gets a torque-vectoring system, though does without hill-descent-control or interior goodies.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new eight-inch monitor are standard on the $45,500 (driveaway pricing TBA) SL manual making the extra $1,500 seem reasonable.

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Android auto is standard now.

Stepping up to the $42,050 (driveaway pricing TBA) ST 4×2 and $48,750 (driveaway pricing TBA) ST 4×4 exterior styling gets meaner with the standard inclusion of the “black pack” entailing a piano black grille, fog light surrounds, mirror caps and rear hoop bar. 

We agree it looks way better than the chrome. Additionally, a larger set of 18-inch alloy wheels are standard instead of the 16-inch items which Nissan claims to add to off-road capabilities, increasing the ground clearance to 228mm.

However, the move to larger wheels will harm the Navara’s ability to go deep into the bush – if that’s what you’re into – thanks to limited tyre choice and smaller sidewall profiles.

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Bigger wheels on the ST. More likely to buckle.

But if the Navara is going to spend most of its time on the black stuff larger wheels won’t hurt too much.

The $46,450 (driveaway pricing TBA) 4×2 ST-X and $53,600 (driveaway pricing TBA) 4×4 ST-X bolster their off-road abilities with the standard inclusion of hill-descent-control and styling tweaks.

Increasing by $350 from 2019, the $56,800 (driveaway pricing TBA) Nissan’s N-Trek Navara boasts some styling cues like decals, orange seat highlights and tougher-looking wheels.

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The N-Trek Warrior looks the business.

At the halo end of the range is the Australian developed N-Trek Warrior with its plethora of upgrades (read all about them in our review) starting at $63,490 (driveaway pricing TBA). 

A seven-speed automatic is optional on any grade for $2,500 and retains the Navara’s 3.5-ton towing capacity. Updated 2020 Navaras will be available by the end of March 2020. 

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