Volkswagen’s 2012 Model Year Amarok will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a class-first feature. The extra gears enable a wider gear ratio spread between the 1st and the 8th compared to a conventional auto transmission. This results to numerous benefits like raising efficiency and towing capacity. NVH levels are also reduced. Due to the greater spread, the TDI engine is increasingly more effective in each rev range. It is also more fuel-efficient and agile.
In addition, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that runs at a lower engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing.
In a statement, VW said that just like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is therefore highly capable in all-terrain use without requiring added reduction gearing. Its fuel efficiency is improved further with the use of the new gearbox, combined with BlueMotion Technology that consists of battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tires.
The transmission is available with the 120 hp 2.0-liter TDI, the 160 hp TDI engine with the Amarok offering a fuel economy rating of 7.6 liters per 100 km (31 mpg). It emits 199 grams of CO2 per km. Powered by the 180 hp version of the engine, the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 179 km/h (111 mph) in seventh gear. The refreshed Amarok is set to arrive in European showrooms in January 2012.
Volkswagen didn’t just introduce one Amarok. Instead, we’re getting three different models to choose from. Volkswagen will be releasing the new Amarok in three variants to cater to the different lifestyles of today’s consumers. Many will think that Volkswagen has finally caught up with the times. And we couldn’t wait to see it for ourselves. So how does the three new Amarok differ from each other? Let’s find out below.
The first in line has manual adjustments for the mirror, door locks and window lifts. That’s because the entry model is basically all about strength and durability. As a matter of fact, Volkswagen didn’t use paints on the pickup’s side mirrors, handles and bumper. The bare-looking surfaces are built to last for heavy-duty purposes.
At any rate, the same Amarok variant comes with its own standard truck bed lighting, self-locking glove box, variable folding rear seats and adjustable front seats. The integrated navigation system satellite and radio are concealed in the side mirrors.
It only goes to show why the second variant is more convenient than the first. The Amarok Trendline is equipped with power windows, power door locks and power mirror adjustments. Similarly, the colour of this Volkswagen’s mirror casing, bumper and door handles already matches the body paint. Among other standard equipment are the 16-inch alloys and new fog lights at the front.
Interestingly, the Trendline’s radio system now has a CD player. Plus, the fully furnished interior has all the convenient features within arm’s reach (i.e. climate control system and cruise control system in semi-automatic with multi-functional display). Additional accessories like alloy wheels, cargo covers, running boards and styling bars are also offered in all the three line-ups.
The Volkswagen Amarok Highline is the best model among the three. It has the same equipment found on the Trendline model on top of its many other features. But the most astonishing features on this truck are the 17-inch alloy wheels and fender flares in similar colours. Lastly, the chrome trimmings around the surfaces of the side mirrors and parts of the interior show the distinct characteristics of a first-class pickup.