Comfortline and Highline derivatives come standard with 6.33-inch Composition Media radio system with touchscreen and capacitive colour display.Furthermore, the system has proximity sensors with the display that supports swipe gestures, and 200 watt speakers in the front and rear.On the outside, it sets itself from the model it replaces with a tweaked front bumper and radiator grille that features front fog lights, new alloys and a third brake light with LED technology.Just like the entire new fleet of VW models, the Amarok’s front fascia features horizontal lines and edges borrowed from the new Caddy, Transporter and forthcoming Crafter.If you can’t outsmart the competition, out-gun them.
Inside the bakkie, you get height-adjustable front seats with fine chrome frames.
The 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel is based on the same unit found across the Volkswagen Group – including the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.
It is comfortably the most potent engine in the pick-up class now with 165k W of power and 550Nm of torque.
There is an ‘Off-Road’ button that tweaks the gearbox-shift and ETC protocols as well as activating the hill-decent control, but left to its own devices the Amarok largely works it out anyway.
The off-road section of VW’s launch drive was moderately tough in parts but not sufficiently tough to require the rear locker to be engaged, which, in the case of the Amarok, keeps the traction control active on the front axle.