The new Volkswagen Amarok will appear in 2022September 12, 2019
Volkswagen seeks to electrify almost its entire lineup, but one of the few models that the brand’s new strategy will not cover is the Amarok pickup. The next generation of trucks will adhere to traditional gasoline and diesel-powered internal combustion engines.
The information was disclosed by VW COO Ralph Branstatter, who confirmed to CarSales at the Frankfurt Motor Show that Amarok hybridization is not planned. “At the moment, this type of car [Amarok] is not planned to be electrified,” he told the publication, without going into specific details.
By sharing its platform and many technologies with the next generation Ford Ranger, Amarok can get advanced V6 diesel and gasoline engines, depending on the market. The current Amarok V6 TDI has 255 hp. power and 580 Nm of torque, while tuners like the ABT can boost power to 302 hp. and 630 Nm. It is noted that the new Ranger can get a 2.7-liter biturbo and a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, which can also find their place under the hood of Amarok.
It will be interesting to see if the new Ranger, which in many aspects should be almost identical to the new Amarok, also relies only on fossil fuels. In Europe, diesel-powered models still dominate the pickup segment, while gasoline-powered trucks are leading the US.
A collaboration between Ford and Volkswagen could help the German manufacturer export the new Amarok from Europe to the North American market. At the moment, no decision has been made, but VW is analyzing the prospects, and it all depends on the final product, which should have been “suitable for worldwide sales.”
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