VW Amarok updated

5 Nov, 2012 5:54pm Luke Madden

Volkswagen has refreshed the Amarok, with new options, improved economy and a power boost

Volkswagen has refreshed the Amarok 2.0 BiTDI with a power boost and Bluemotion Technology to improve fuel economy. The firm has also introduced a new eight-speed automatic gearbox to the range-topping model.

The 2.0-litre BiTDI diesel engine previously produced 161bhp but that figure has now been increased to 178bhp. The entry-level 2.0 TDI engine still produces 121bhp, and all models come fitted four-wheel drive as standard.

The power boost to BiTDI models has improved acceleration, with the 0-62mph time falling by a tenth of a second to 11.0 seconds. All Amaroks equipped with Bluemotion Technology – which includes features like low-rolling resistance tyres, stop-start and regenerative braking – have seen fuel economy improve from 35.8mpg to 37.2mpg, while CO2 emissions have been cut by 10g/km to 199g/km.

Towing ability has been improved, too, with the maximum towing weight for manual models rising to 3,000kg, compared to 2,800kg previously. Amaroks fitted with the new eight-speed automatic gearbox can now tow 3,200kg.

There are some new options for the pick-up, too, such as Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, heated washer jets and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The Amarok range kicks off at £18,795 for the 2.0 TDI Startline model, while prices rise to £25,105 for the range-topping Highline variant with the BiTDI engine and eight-speed automatic.

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VW must have seriously scared the Japanese with this beauty. Curious though why there is only one motor choice. In Oz we are now even swamped with those terrible crash-risky Chinese 'trucks', and most makers offer a turbo V6 diesel, some up to 4 litres. I suspect, like almost all 4-door utes tho, the rear is for burly blokes going to the pie shop from the building site, so the seating is a hard bench with an almost upright backrest. A pity it would be too uncomfortable to buy as a dual work/family vehicle for a family into outdoor recreating, with a boat or van. The big butch shiny bar behind the cab looks impressive, but not if its only bolted to the tray floor, and is no more than tizz, as I think many are here.

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