Back in September of 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the Germany-based Volkswagen Group was in violation of the Clean Air Act. While most automakers would typically slow down while resolving the issue, the brand said that it will continue to have a presence in the U.S. market. In fact, Volkswagen stated that it is planning to bring the Amarok pickup to the United States.
According to Car and Driver, it was Hinrich Woebcken, Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, who shared that the brand is looking into its B-segment pickup as a possible contender to other longstanding models in the likes of the Toyota Tacoma or even the Chevrolet Colorado.
While Woebcken did not reveal specific details as to how the company intends to move forward with this, he admitted that it is not a priority at the present. This is because the brand wants to put much of its attention to the SUV and crossover segments. Proof of this is the seven-seater Atlas which was designed with the North American market in mind.
Still, should VW go through with this plan, it can be seen as a practical undertaking as not only is the Amarok still not available in the U.S. market, Americans themselves love to drive pickup trucks.
Volkswagen in May had revealed that it was fitting the 2017 Volkswagen Amarok with the 2.-liter V6 diesel engine with three tunings. The first will offer output at 161 hp (163 PS) with the second being 201 hp (204 PS) and the highest at 221 hp (224 PS). For the lower versions, the brand said that it will come with a rear-wheel drive and will give customers the choice between pairing the engine with either an automatic 8-speed gearbox or a manual transmission. Customers who are willing to spend a little extra can get the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, larger set of brake discs, and lighter Servotronic.
The engine is not the only thing new in this modified version as it also comes with refreshed exterior features as well like the alloy wheels, redesigned front bumper, and the improved headlights. Even the inside has experienced changes with the inclusion of ergonomic seats and the dashboard redesigned as well.
Meanwhile for the cargo compartment, the brand will be offering as well various coating, styling bars, covers, and hardtops. The cargo compartment itself can carry a Euro-pallet that has been loaded sideways. In terms of payload capacity, maximum amount is at 2,205 lbs. (1 ton). For the towing capacity, the redesigned model can now tow 7,716 lbs. (3.5 tons), an increase from the 7,055 lbs. (3.2 tons) of the base model. The redesigned 2017 Amarok was slated for official release in September with the most powerful version to be released first.