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.