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2016-05-02 13:38

HEADED FOR SA: Volkswagen South Africa confirmed its spruced Amarok will arrive locally during in 2017. Image: Newspress

Cape Town - Earlier in April, Wheels24 reported that the first sketches of Volkswagen's facelfited Amarok  were released. 

In May 2016, the automaker has revealed a new 3.0-litre V6 - the first non-four-cylinder unit offered in VW’s popular bakkie.

Volkswagen South Africa says: "The current 2.0-litre engines will be carried over to the new model when it is launched in SA in the second half of 2017. The V6 TDI engine is still under consideration for the local market."

The international launch will take place in Hannover, Germany later in 2016.

Image gallery: 2017 Volkswagen Amarok

Diesel grunt

The facelifted bakkie gets a new 3.0-litre V6 unit added to the range, while the 2.0 TDI and BiTDI diesels will remain. The V6 turbodiesel will be available in three power outputs: 120kW, 150kW and 165kW (with 550Nm). According to VW, the engines, when mated to an eight-speed auto offers fuel consumption of 7.5litres/100km with emissions of 200g/km of CO2.

The facelifted Amarok will take on the likes of the Ford Ranger  and new Toyota Hilux. Permanent 4Motion all-wheel drive is available for all models, as is an eight-speed auto.

Design

According to the automaker, the new bakkie gains a more athletic front and a modified instrument panel to emphasise the Amarok's premium design. With a length of 5.25m and a width of 2.23m (side-mirrors included), the Amarok fulfils what's expected of a classic bakkie in both style and practicality.

The sketches show the striking features of the new bakkie's instrument panel. Round contours give way to horizontal and vertical lines, giving a more striking appearance.

The headlights and grille receive subtle tweaks while its bumper is notably different with sharper lines. The enhanced bakkie gains new taillights.

Upgrade equipment includes 14-way adjustable seats, enhanced Climatronic system, paddle-shifts, 20" alloys and an improved infotainment system. In terms of safety, the bakkie benifits from post-collision braking, stability control and parking sensors.


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