Rarely has a model undergone so many changes from one generation to another, so it is important to note that the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok will be radically different from its predecessor. Based on the latest Ford Ranger and built by Blue Oval, the mid-size pickup will celebrate its world premiere after a painstakingly long teaser campaign.
Official previews have led us to believe that it will have its own visual identity. A huge vertical infotainment system for the interior is not peculiar to Volkswagen, so the touch screen is a disguised SYNC 4 setting with a size of 12 inches.
“From the technical specifications published at the moment, we know that the new VW Amarok with a double cab will have a length of 5350 mm and a wheelbase of about 3220 mm. The most affordable of them will cost 17-inch wheels, while the most fashionable will get massive 21-inch alloy wheels. Expensive equipment will be distinguished by matrix LED headlights and 30 assistants to help the driver.”
Motorists will be able to choose from the rear-wheel drive, incomplete and permanent 4×4 configurations, as well as four- and six-cylinder engines. The most powerful transmission is a 3.0—liter V6 TDI with torque, and a four-cylinder gasoline engine will be available in some markets. Aventura trim levels focused on urban roads and Panamericana for off-road driving have already been announced.
VW continues production of the original pickup truck at the Pacheco plant in Argentina to serve the South American markets. It is expected to be followed by a plug-in hybrid version. A purely electrical derivative modification is also considered. Ranger has already received a Raptor version, but it’s unclear if there will be a similar Amarok R.