Since it was released back in 2010, Amarok managed to surpass even the Hilux in certain markets which say something about how good it was. Unfortunately, the truck aged quite a bit since 2010 and in order to be capable of competing once again in its class, it will receive a major update with the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok.
Before the Amarok has been released on the European market, many people thought that pickup trucks had to be rough and unrefined so that they could sustain all abuse one work mule needs to. However, this changed dramatically and thanks to that fact it managed to offer the same level of comfort as a sedan, allowing the Amarok quickly to become a best-seller in its class and one of the best options on the truck market.
Unfortunately, it seems that 2017 Volkswagen Amarok will not be an entirely new model but a more comprehensive facelift, and it should be released in the second half of 2016. While it hasn’t been officially announced, the truck has been spied testing in the winter a while ago wearing camouflage on its front end which suggests that the design will not change all that much. However, besides the small design change we also expect the truck to receive some upgrades to its running gear and powertrain as well as an improved interior.
This should be more than enough to keep people interested, and it should allow VW to get the crown for the most luxurious truck on the European market. Regarding price it will, unfortunately, remain one of the more expensive vehicles out there but it should be well worth it because it will be able to do all your jobs as a normal car when not being used as a truck.
2017 Volkswagen Amarok Specs
Engine wise, the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol engine is expected to get a small boost to its output to around 200 horsepower and over 220 lb-ft of torque. As a result, this would increase its towing capability, and it should decrease fuel consumption thanks to the addition of direct injection system. The 2.0-liter diesel engine, on the other hand, is also expected to be heavily revised in order to meet the latest emission standards and pump out more power. The single turbocharged model should get a bump to around 150 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The twin-turbocharged versions will most definitely get a 10 to 15 horsepower and up to 25 lb-ft of torque extra over the current output. With this upgrade, it might get up to 190 hp and impressive 335 lb-ft of torque.
Another, more powerful, diesel is in the rumors. We could see the 3.0-liter with 225 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, but this still needs to be confirmed. Engine lineup like this should be more than enough to keep the Amarok as the most powerful truck in Europe, and the added power will allow it to tow and carry more than before. In terms of transmission, the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok will most likely stick with its current 6-speed manual or optional 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Design wise, the Amarok will most definitely get only a front-end facelift which will bring its design closer to VW’s current lineup of cars. Our best bet would be that it will get some of the design cues that can be found on the Passat such as the wide grille and slim headlights. The bumper could also get an update in order to make it more aerodynamic and feed the upgraded engine lineup with more air.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok could get a new dashboard design as well as a few improvements such as an entirely new satellite navigation and infotainment system which will support screen mirroring, a new instrument cluster and possibly better materials and fittings. Our only complaint with the current model is that it does lack a few features on the high-end model, and the upcoming model should solve some of these. We only hope that the new top end Amarok will finally feature a better set of seats with more adjusting options and more supportive side bolsters.
Without a decent amount of changes that are expected to arrive in the 2017 version, we think that the prices will go slightly up. Base model could be offered for nearly $23,000, but this is far from confirmed just like the rumor that it will come to the U.S. market.