Volkswagen’s mid-size Amarok pickup truck is not going to get a new “suit” as soon as you think. No, as the German automaker is reconsidering a completely new approach for the next-gen model. They will reportedly build the redesigned workhorse with a little help of Blue Oval, which will make it suitable for the North American market.
Amarok Is Getting Ranger’s Bones
Ford will be in charge of architecture for the truck that will most likely be done before the end of 2021. According to what I have, the 2022 Volkswagen Amarok will share the T6 platform with the Ranger. The platform will give the mid-size workhorse a proper body-on-frame chassis; plus it will make it larger. In addition, the automaker will introduce a better suspension, so you can expect better ride quality as well.
Atlas Tanoak Concept Design For The New Amarok
On the other hand, the design of the redesigned Amarok will have nothing in common with the Ranger. Moreover, the truck will not look like the predecessor either. Instead, the automaker will take inspiration from the Atlas Tanoak concept. The production model will most definitely keep pretty much everything from the concept, including a gorgeous face with awesome grille and illuminated LED headlights.
Future Engine Choices
The redesigned mid-size pickup truck will definitely rely on VW’s engine only. Even though Ford’s EcoBoost technology might be a good option for the U.S.-Specs 2022 Volkswagen Amarok, this is not going to happen. Instead, the automaker will probably offer a familiar 3.6-liter V6 that’s going to be backed up with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The option is capable of delivering 276 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque at the moment. The electric aid will not give the truck more power, but it will reduce fuel consumption and emissions for sure.
The automaker could give a try with the 2.0-liter BiTDI and 3.0-liter V6 TDI engines as well. The mills are really great, yet the automaker has to see is the oil-burner a good choice because of a diesel scandal that happened several years ago. Since it’s going to avoid EcoBoost technology, the 2020 VW Amarok will get no Ford’s 10-speed auto gearbox. Instead, the truck will use an 8-speed automatic transmission only.