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2023 Volkswagen Amarok revealed: Everything you need to know

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Volkswagen has finally revealed its new Amarok ute, ahead of its anticipated arrival in Australia early in 2023.

This story is being updated as Volkswagen reveals more details in its live stream. Check in regularly for more.

The new Amarok is built on the same platform as the Ford Ranger, with power from a choice of five engines.

Headline numbers for the Amarok are:

  • Three 2.0-litre turbo-diesels with between 110kW and 154kW of power
  • One 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 with 177kW or 184kW of power
  • One 2.3-litre turbo petrol with 222kW of power

All models with more than 154kW will feature a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Single- and dual-cab bodies will be offered, with a payload up to 1.2 tonnes and a braked towing capacity up to 3.5 tonnes.

Volkswagen will offer three trim levels: Amarok, Life, and Style. The same model walk is used across the wider VW range.

Inside, a 10.0-inch or a 12.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system will feature in the middle of the dashboard. A digital instrument cluster will also feature.

As we all know the new model is based on the new-gen Ford Ranger’s platform and shares its key mechanicals, while promising huge modernisation over its predecessor model that dates back to 2010, and V6 engine aside is looking and feeling quite dated.  

It also stands apart from its Ford platform twin with unique exterior and interior designs, and thereby looks to be no mere badge-engineering exercise. 

While the new Amarok is billed as a “key pillar” for Volkswagen Commercial in Asia, Africa and Europe, this is particularly true for Australia – likely to be its number-one global market due to our love of mid-sized utes. 

Small wonder then, that much of the design and engineering was done in Australia, where VW staff were embedded with the Ford Ranger development program. 

It’s also a near-certainty that the Amarok will be the single top-selling Volkswagen Group product in Australia once it arrives in early 2023. 

This time around, it’ll be built in South Africa rather than Argentina as before, and unlike the Ranger which is made in Thailand. 

Click on the images to view a full gallery. This story is being updated as Volkswagen reveals more details in its live stream. Check in regularly for more.

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