It’s rare for a model to undergo so many changes from generation to generation, so it’s important to point out that the Volkswagen Amarok 2023 has practically nothing in common with its predecessors. Based on the latest Ford Ranger and made by Blue Oval, this midsize truck celebrates its world premiere after a long and grueling teaser campaign. The current Ute has been around since 2010, so it’s time for a revamped model.
The official preview has led us to believe that it will have a visual identity of its own, but we’ll have to look at the big picture to see if Ford’s DNA has been minimized. For what it’s worth, the massive vertical infotainment inside isn’t something VW usually does as the touchscreen is a SYNC 4 setup in disguise, measuring a majestic 12 inches.
From the technical specifications released so far, we know that the new VW Amarok double cabin will be 5,350 millimeters (211 inches) long and will carry a wheelbase of around 3,220 mm (127 inches). The most affordable will settle for 17-inch wheels while the most luxurious will have large 21-inch wheels. Expensive trim levels get matrix LED headlights and as many as 30 driver-assist functions.
Customers will be able to choose from rear-wheel drive, 4×4, and full-time 4×4 configurations, along with four- and six-cylinder engines. The biggest powertrain is the 3.0-liter torque V6 TDI, and in some markets, there will be a four-pot petrol mill. The road-oriented Aventura and off-road-focused Panamericana trim levels have been announced to spice up the Amarok lineup.
Ford will assemble the 2023 Amarok based on the T6.1 at its plant in Pretoria, South Africa, but VW is keeping the original truck in production in Pacheco, Argentina to cater to the South American market. A plug-in hybrid variant of the new truck is expected to follow, while purely electric derivatives are being considered for both trucks. The Ranger has received the Raptor treatment, but it’s unclear if there will be an Amarok R equivalent.
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