Vw Amarok Canyon Concept breaks cover at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 6, 2012

It appears that Volkswagen wants to take its commercial vehicles a step further as the German manufacturer unveiled the Amarok Canyon Concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. According to Vw, the new Canyon Concept was configured for the popular extreme sport of ‘freestyle kayaking’.

As a result, the Amarok Canyon Concept is taller (with 85 mm thanks to the body lift kit and tyres) and wider than the standard vehicle and features a three-layer paint called ‘Baladi Orange’.

In addition, a new set of auxiliary headlights were mounted on its roof, as well as the smoked rear lights and the colour-contrasting underbody protection.

The design of the car is completed by the ‘Durban’ type wheels painted in ‘High Gloss Adamantium Dark’. The Amarok Canyon was also fitted with two carbon fibre kayaks securely mounted to the cargo floor and a styling bar in ‘High Gloss Adamantium Dark’ with straps for firmly securing the boats.

All other gear – white-water helmets, flotation devices and rafting shoes – are also stowed securely: the helmets in nets on the front wall of the cargo bed, and the rest of the gear in smaller boxes that can be locked with watertight lids.

The interior features leather seats with two-tone styling, a three-spoke steering wheel and a gear shift lever trim. Under the hood, we find a 2.0 TDI bi-turbo with 180 PS, which provides a maximum torque of 400 Newton metres.

Volkswagen revealed that once the Amarok is officially launched to the market, there will be a total of three equipment lines to be offered. For the base version, it is all about being mechanical and making use of tough parts. Since the mirrors, door handles, and even the bumper in the front, are unpainted, it means they are fit for heavy duty use.

Meanwhile the mirror adjustment, mechanisms of the door locks, and window lifts, are manually-operated. Standard features of the base version include the variable folding bench seat in the rear, height-adjustable seats on the front, truck bed lighting, and the locking glove box. It however has several special features, including the antennas for the navigation system and the radio integrated to the Amarok’s door mirrors.

The next higher version is called the Amarok Trendline. Unlike the base version, the housings of the mirror, door handles, and front bumper, have the same color as that of the body. Instead of being manual, the mirror adjuster, door locks, and window lifts are now electrically-powered. In terms of design, the use of the alloy 16-inch wheels helps highlight its strong appearance.

Equipped as standard are the multi-functional display, semi-automatic climate control system, and cruise control system. Standard as well are the front fog lights on the exterior and the radio that has the CD player on the inside. The third line is the Amarok Highline which brings with it more exclusive features. Using the Trendline version, the Highline upgrades many of the features. The exterior shows a number of chrome highlights like the mirror housings which are now part-chrome. Even the interior has some chrome accents.

Through the fender flares, which have the same color as that of the body, there is enough room to put in the alloy 17-inch wheels. Being the top equipment line of the Amarok, defining characteristics include the instrument panel which comes in contrast color, though this would be dependent on the configuration of the vehicle. There is also the automatic Climatronic climate control system which provides better comfort.

The seat covers are made of high-class fabric with the sound system now made even better. While it does include the usual standard features, the Amarok has a wide accessories program. Examples include a styling bar, running boards, and a cargo cover. Though standard on the Trendline, the Highline will also have the Multi-Connect mounting system. Of course, a wide range of alloy wheels is available for customers to choose from.

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