Along with the three-pedal Amarok, there are two new dual-cab utes being added to the range.
Volkswagen has followed through on its promise to offer an Amarok V6 with three pedals, today revealing the manual Core V6 4×4.
The company first confirmed its plans for an ‘enthusiast’ Amarok (interior pictured below, exterior images to come) with a manual and differential lock in June 2018, having consulted with a range of owner’s clubs.
Power comes from a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine making 165kW (180kW on over boost) and 500Nm, put to the road through a six-speed manual transmission.
There’s a low-range transfer case on board, too. Volkswagen claims a braked-towing capacity of three tonnes, and the model will be here in December. Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but the mid-to-high $40,000 would be a good estimate.
As with the wider Core range, the manual will come with cloth seats, four-wheel disc brakes, a rear-view camera, and uncarpeted floors. Infotainment comes courtesy of a 6.4-inch touchscreen display complete with smartphone mirroring, and a monochrome screen in the instrument binnacle.
“At every off-road, caravan and camping expo and Big Red Bash concert the team and I attend, we speak with current owners and members of the off-roading community who have begged us to bring an Amarok V6 manual to Australia,” said Ryan Davies, head of Volkswagen Commercial.
“It was because of that passion that we were able to mount a case with our head office in Germany to build one and, based on Australia remaining the number one export market in the world for the V6 Amarok, we are finally able to offer this unique, Aussie-spec ‘Rok.”
Along with the new ‘base’ V6 model, the Amarok range is gaining two higher-end variants. The V6 Highline Black gains a set of 20-inch black alloy wheels, gloss black finishes for the rear bumper and bars in the tray, and blacked-out badging on the tailgate.
In keeping with the dark and stormy theme, the exterior mirrors and radiator are also finished in black.
Inside, the car’s cloth seats are finished in ‘palladium’ grey, and the headlining and pillar trims are blacked out. A set of heated leather seats are optional, too.
Power comes from the same 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine offered in the regular Highline, making the same 190kW (200kW on over boost) and 580Nm. It’s priced from $64,990 before on-road costs, and will be a permanent fixture in the range.
Finally, the V6 Canyon will be offered in limited numbers from next month. Just 350 are being built, priced from $57,990 before on-road costs.
Powered by the 550TSI engine from Core and Highline models, the Canyon gets special seat trim inside, dark tinted taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, tailgate decals and a black rear bumper.
Four colours are offered: Candy White, Indium Grey, Metallic Deep Black Pearl Effect, and Outback Orange. Orange also brings black wheel arch trim, too.
Volkswagen Amarok V6 manual joins the range
- Volkswagen is launching a full range of EVs, but it doesn’t want to be Tesla
- Volkswagen continues its SUV offensive by shrinking the Atlas
- 2019 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium review
- Volkswagen Ameo Diesel: First drive review
- Volkswagen GTI is a lovely hot hatchback
- Volkswagen unveils compact sedan Ameo
- The 2016 Golf R: Ars puts Volkswagen’s hottest hatch to the test
- Genesis Gave the G70 a Manual Transmission Even Though It Knew Barely Anybody Would Buy One
- End of an icon: The last Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the production line
- Sharp and tech-savvy, the Volkswagen Golf gets a full digital reboot