One of Australia’s best-selling LCVs, the Volkswagen Amarok, could be offered here with an all-electric powertrain.
In Germany, Volkswagen has just announced that the new-generation Volkswagen Amarok (seen in camouflage above) will be offered with an array of new engine options.
For the first time, one of those engine options will be sans petrol or diesel.
Joining other mainstream manufacturers in co-producing LCVs, Volkswagen and Ford have partnered up on their new-generation utes with the Amarok and Ranger sharing the same platform.
In announcing details of the new Amarok, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles told us the new version will have a more robust look, along with up to 20 new driver assistance systems.
But the big change is the inclusion of Ford powertrains, including that all-electric option.
Volkswagen has ruled out a possible plug-in hybrid option.
In terms of more traditional engine options, there will be one petrol-powered version and up to four different diesel offerings.
Sticking with Amarok tradition, these will be either four-cylinder or V6.
“The Amarok takes its rear-wheel drive and two different all-wheel drive systems from Ford, as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission.” – VW CV marketing boss, Lars Krause.
The information provided to us said the interior of the new Amarok will have a digital cockpit and tablet-style infotainment display.
While the Amarok also grows in size.
The new model is around 100mm longer than the soon-to-be superseded series (measuring in at a hefty 5350mm).
The wheelbase is over 150mm longer.
The German auto giants tell us these extra proportions allow for more space for rear passengers in the double cab (a much-needed addition in my opinion).
We will keep you updated with information in regards to the Australian availability of the new-generation Volkswagen Amarok as further info comes to hand.