VW Amarok Polar Expedition is probably the most wicked vehicle of Sochi Winter Olympics

Article by Christian A., on February 4, 2014

Volkswagen is the official vehicle partner of the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, Russia and as a result, the German carmaker is supplying over 3,000 Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda as well as other commercial vehicles to the games. Still, the Polar Expedition Amarok, which the company built a year ago, is the most interesting.

For those who don’t know, the Polar Expedition Amarok was built to promote the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi, and three units took nine people from Moscow to the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in a 9,942 miles journey. The team earned a Guiness World Record for the longest off-road journey through a single country.

As you can see from the photos, the vehicles were overhauled and now feature heavy-duty shocks, big tires and extra large fenders. Despite their appearance, the vehicles are still powered by the 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. Inside, the vehicles feature a roll cage as well as extra navigation equipment.

At launch, the new Volkswagen Amarok will be available in three equipment lines: Base, Trendline and Highline.

The base equipment line for the Amarok features mechanical yet tough components, with a number of them operated manually like the window lifts, door mirror adjustment and locking mechanisms. Since the front bumper and door handles as well as mirror housings are unpainted, the base Amarok is suitable for heavy duty use. Even at its base version, the new Amarok comes with a number of standard features like the height-adjustable front seats and variable folding rear bench seat. Also standard are truck bed lighting and locking glove box. Interestingly, the antennas for the radio and navigation system are integrated in the door mirrors of the Amarok.

Up next on the line hierarchy is the Amarok Trendline. An improvement on the base equipment line, Trendline makes the window lifts, door locks as well as mirror adjusters electrically powered. Moreover, Trendline covers the front bumper, mirror housings and door handles in body color. More features have been added as standard like multi-functional display, cruise control system and front fog lights as well as a radio with CD player and semi-automatic climate control system (Climatic). Also standard is a set of 16-inch alloy wheels.

The top Amarok Highline builds on the Trendline equipment line and offers a number of exclusive features. For instance, the Highline trim features include part-chrome mirror housings, fender flares in body color and 17-inch alloy wheels. Highline also comes with various chrome accents both on the exterior and interior of the Amarok. This top equipment line also sports a color-contrasted instrument panel (depending on chosen configuration) as well as an automatic climate control system (Climatronic). Passengers are treated to seats covered in fabric as well as a higher performance sound system.

Volkswagen is also making available a wide array of accessories for the new Amarok pickup truck. These accessories include running boards, a styling bar and cargo cover, as well as a huge selection of alloy wheels. Also available is the Multi-Connect mounting system that comes as standard on the Trendline and Highline.

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