PREMIUM BAKKIE: A facelifted Volkswagen Amarok, built in Argentina, will make its local debut in the second half of 2017. Image: Newspress
Cape Town - The first sketches Volkswagen's facelfited Amarok have been revealed. Like the outgoing version, the latest Amarok will combine car-like road manners with full off-road capability.
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 headlights and grille receive subtle tweaks while its bumper is notably different with sharper lines. The enhanced bakkie gains new taillights.
Headed for SA
Volkswagen South Africa confirmed its spruced Amarok will arrive locally during the second half of 2017. The international launch will take place in Hannover, Germany later in 2016.
Image gallery: 2017 Volkswagen Amarok
Engines are likely to include the current two-litre TDI units. Hopefully the new bakkie will use the Touareg's 3-litre V6 TDI. Details will be made available closer to the launch date.
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.