Volkswagen has given the 2019 VW Amarok an update ahead of its global arrival in the 2018 model year. The next Volkswagen Amarok brings the latest and state-of-the-art innovation, enabling it to impose itself as a distinct leader in the segment. Volkswagen has mildly redesigned the exterior, but the interior of the next Amarok takes vast improvements in design, quality, and features.
The incoming 2019 VW Amarok will take on some of the most established and sophisticated vehicles in this segment. It will slot in the league of outstanding car models, given that it has successfully adopted some of the premium standards in the class. Overall, the Volkswagen Amarok model under review is a working machine and a luxurious car that handles everything you need on the road.
2019 VW Amarok – Modern Design
Outside, the 2019 VW Amarok gets a subtle but welcomed update. Its front fascia now introduces the brand’s modern styling, which reflects VW’s styling back in 2010. The next Amarok comes with a revised grille with two horizontal grille bars, redesigned fog lamps, and new headlamps comprising LED daytime running lights. The lower fascia is not only sporty but includes two horizontal grille openings.
The Amarok’s design around the sides is mostly a carryover. The sides include a rocker panel bulge, chiseled side window carve-out, and the squared-off fender flares. Volkswagen brings optional side steps which aid in entering and exiting this high-riding truck. When it comes to the inside, we’ve noted this is where the company made a lot of changes.
The funky round air vents, chintzy steering wheel, and small infotainment screen have all gone. Furthermore, the automaker has now substituted these features with an updated design in a bid to reflect modern Volkswagen styling. Nearly all details have seen a thorough update.
Now, the steering wheel not only looks modern but features dozens of controls for the information system and infotainment screen. These controls have now been dressed up with piano black accents. The gauge cluster has been modernized with deeper dish gauges alongside an overhauled 3D information screen.
Interior Features of the 2019 VW Amarok
The car’s center stack gets a larger screen with updated software that accepts Apple Connect and Guide & Inform. Volkswagen also intends to supplement the existing navigation system with online-based, up-to-date traffic information with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The 2019 VW Amarok now conveys rectangular HVAC vents, which are easier to use than before. Beneath these vents, we’ve got updated HVAC controls with dual zone climate controls designed for passengers seated in the front. The dash is now dressed up with an improved satin chrome trim, which divides the lower and upper sections to provide a cohesive look.
Volkswagen adds the 14-way Ergo-Comfort front seats designed for long-distance voyages. The manufacturer says these seats can easily be adjusted to fit all sizes. Also adjustable is the seat height as well as longitudinal position, plus the seat cushion angle, backrests and lumber.
The company also included the Park Pilot system in its next Amarok. The system incorporates radar in detecting nearby objects when on the ride. It then displays a diagram on the infotainment screen, which shows how far or close the object is from the vehicle. The system also integrates a backup camera.
2019 VW Amarok – Engine and Transmission
The 2019 VW Amarok is a midsized truck that draws its juice from a 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine. This powertrain unit comprises two tunes. The base unit doesn’t execute impressive results as it only generates 161 horsepower. The more potent engine version delivers a staggering 220 horsepower and 406-lb.ft of torque.
Our insider stated the oil-burner gets hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission and the RWD system is standard. A console-mounted shifter is used in operating this automatic transmission. According to our recent tests, the pickup truck takes nearly 7.9 seconds to reach 62 mph with speed topping out at 120 mph.
Apparently, this engine unit is a replacement for a woefully underpowered 2.0-liter 4-cylinder TDI powertrain. The base tune could yield around 138-horsepower, which managed about 62 mph in 13.5 seconds. A BiTDI twin-turbocharged version could generate 178-horsepower that helped the vehicle reach 62 mph in 11 seconds.
2019 VW Amarok – Cost and Release Date
The price of the 2019 VW Amarok is a direct carryover. The less potent VW Amarok model will commence at approximately $28,850. The release date will be sometime in 2018.