VW Amarok 2: Does the new pick-up have what it takes to be a dust collector?

The strengths of the previous VW Amarok (2010 to 2020) were the class-atypical mannerly suspension comfort (at least in the version with the lower payload), the brakes and the available permanent four-wheel drive. This was otherwise only available with Mitsubishi L200 and the faded Land Rover Defender pick-up and Mercedes X-Class.

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The new one from spring 2023 will also not be a rumble pick-up only for the hardened. Its technology comes from the Ford Ranger, which will appear in a new edition in 2022.

Roof, windows and door handles are from Ford

Specification in the specifications: no compromises in climbing ability; the wading depth increases by 30 to 800 mm. And it should look like a VW. As a result, VW only takes over the roof, windows and details such as door handles and exterior mirrors from Ford. Everything below the waistline is independent, even the doors are designed differently.
VW Amarok 2

Shorter overhangs than before, the leaf-sprung rigid axle remains in favor of the payload.

The new VW Amarok comes with a choice of four-cylinder or V6 turbo diesel (170 hp/405 Nm to 240 hp/600 Nm), all from Ford. You can choose from five-speed manual transmissions to the typical Ford ten-speed automatic converter and 18-inch wheels up to 21 inches.

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 contrast to the first Amarok, whose platform dimensions corresponded to the pallets customary in South America, those of the new one are based on Euro pallets. Bucking the trend, the VW is getting narrower, the width shrinks by 34 mm to 1.92 m – which is hard to believe given the massive appearance.
VW Amarok 2

Digs better than ever: The new Amarok can be ordered with permanent all-wheel drive, reduction and rear axle lock.

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.

VW Amarok 2

Four elevations make the front look like a milled machine part. The wide track is the artist’s imagination, the rest corresponds to the series.

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.

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