The Volkswagen’s only pickup offering Amarok has sold impressively well over the years, as for that Company will introduce the new one 2018 Volkswagen Amarok. Although this pickup truck has a global availability with most Volkswagen dealers offering it, the North American markets are yet to get it. The US being a nest of godly pickups would alone suffice for reasons as to why Volkswagen hasn’t broken loose on the American soil till now. But as this pickup is entering a new generation as 2018 Volkswagen Amarok and finally getting its much-deserved updates, the North American pickup truck segment might get a newbie. The Volkswagen pushing this new-gen Amarok into the US and Canada is a daring move and certainly involves some logical reasoning. And that would be putting out significant improvements for competing against segment dominators like Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Hilux.
2018 Volkswagen Amarok – Body and Design
Although Volkswagen Amarok has catered European truck fanatics over the years, it seems to align well with what American pickup truck makers have been doing. To reason further, this pickup truck comes in both rear wheel drive/all-wheel drive and regular/ crew cab configurations (much like American pickups). So bringing out 2018 Volkswagen Amarok to North America will not be starting off a fresh slate. The 2018 Volkswagen Amarok has not changed drastically on the exterior front (which makes it look a lot like the 2010 year model). This pickup’s new design element are also a reflection of Volkswagen’s ongoing design language.
The front fascia has taken a wave of change which complements refinements. As to what the official images hold, the grille now wears a significantly different deign that’s characterized by 2 large horizontal chrome louvers. This grille’s inner section comprises of vertical cross-hair that’s relatively plastic. The headlights have been reworked as well. These new replacements integrate active LED daytime running lights. Both the grille and headlights have been cast out in a single section and do not leave recesses, making the front fenders look clean.
Things get interesting on the lower fascia as there’s a cross-hair type air intake which literally dominates the front bumper. Speaking of which, the front bumper also holds a skid plate-like approach which adds robustness to a certain extent. The fog lights of 2018 Volkswagen Amarok are newly formed and are guarded by chrome housing. Upon a closer view, the approach angle of this pickup truck seems to be impressive as there are no aero bits which leave behind a utilitarian character. The rest of body is largely a carryover from its predecessor.
The side body of Volkswagen Amarok includes deeply sculpted door window carve-outs, squared-off fender flares and rocker panel bulge. Similarly, the rear portion serves as a reminiscent of the ongoing model. The cargo bed pillar has a robust stance which is clearly reflected on the vertical LED taillights. The slim rear bumper line gets a center step and cargo bed integrates a tonneau cover. There’s a new lockable tailgate which will offer power lift as optional.
The majority of the changes have made way into the interior cabin. The overall layout of this cabin is focused towards sophistication as well as practicality. The new rectangular AC vents now replace the old circular ones that have a neat arrangement on the dashboard. Also, this reworked dash has been divided into 2 tiers by a satin chrome trim for a cohesive look. The 2018 Volkswagen Amarok offers a reworked steering wheel as well. This new steering wheel (unlike the old one) doesn’t have bulky spokes and is rather sleek. It is dressed up with piano black accents.
The center console gets a new ergonomic arrangement of controls as well. Furthermore, the infotainment system is now larger and integrates Guide & Inform and App Connect. USB and Bluetooth connectivity also come as a standard feature. 3 LED-lit rotary controls increase convenience and an addition of a TFT display in the driver’s gauge cluster improves practicality. The front ergoComfort seats offer 14-way adjustment and the driver’s seat will integrate features like heating, cooling. All seats offer plush head restraints which are height-adjustable. As usual, the base model will receive cloth upholstery and higher trim will feature Nappa leather upholstery as standard.
As vehicle safety has become an ongoing concern on a mainstream level, the Volkswagen looks forward to catering these requisites. The 2018 Volkswagen Amarok is expected to come with modern safety tech like Adaptive Cruise Control, Energy Absorbing Steering Column, Side Impact Beams, Front Assist Area Monitoring System, Pedestrian Monitoring, and City Emergency Braking.
2018 Volkswagen Amarok – Powertrain Specs
The 2018 Volkswagen Amarok is making use of a 3.0L V6 turbodiesel engine which is tweaked to produce two different sets of outputs. First off, the standard version will pair up with a manual transmission system and produce net outputs of around 162 HP and 173 lb-ft torque. The official numbers are expected to stay around 23 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on highways.
Upping the ante, the powerful 3.0L V6 variant will be delivering impressive outputs of 406 lb-ft torque and 220 HP. As for accelerating the new model from 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds. It will reach a top speed of 120 mph. This higher variant will also mate with an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Volkswagen Amarok – Price and Launch Date
The pricing of 2018 Volkswagen Amarok starts at $25,720 which is also a hike of almost $1000 over its predecessor. This pricing is liable to vary with drive type, transmission, trims and optional accessories.
According to recent reports, the commercial production is to commence any sooner, probably during the fall of 2017. And this 2018 Volkswagen Amarok is expected to hit the dealerships during the early onset of 2018.