VW Amarok 2: Does the new pick-up have what it takes to be a dust collector?
Roof, windows and door handles are from Ford
With 3.5 tons, the pick-up can pull more than before. Lashing eyes on the loading area should be able to hold loads of up to 500 kg. The static roof load increases from 225 to 350 kg.
The new Amarok is getting narrower
In terms of length, it has increased by around ten centimeters to 5.35 meters and in height by around five centimeters to 1.88 meters. The wheelbase has grown by 175 mm, primarily to benefit the rear legroom.
The basic version is simply called Amarok, followed by “Life” and “Style”, the top marks “PanAmericana” (off-road-oriented) and “Aventura” (design variant with styling bar). Inside, it clearly looks like a VW – with an 8-inch digital cockpit and 10-inch touchscreen (standard).
Leathered instrument panel at extra charge
It also offers matrix LED light, ten-way adjustable electric seats, inductive charging, mobile online services, keyless go, Harman Kardon hi-fi, even a leather-covered dashboard for an additional charge. Striking: the helicopter-style overhead console switches.
The only visible Ford takeover is the off-road technology operation via rotary switch for the driving programs, on top fixed buttons for four-wheel shutdown and reduction. If the semi-permanent all-wheel drive is installed via a multi-plate clutch, the latter can be locked regardless of whether the reduction is engaged.
A rear axle lock can be ordered for an extra charge. The version with permanent four-wheel drive can also be ordered with a gear reduction – this combination did not exist with the Amarok I.
Only the Doka (double cab) comes to us, the heavy-duty version also flew out of the list; there is only one setup with a payload of 1.2 tons. Convincing in the seat test: the rear backrest is not as steep as in other pick-ups.