2013 Frankfurt: Volkswagen CV introduces Amarok Dark Label [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 13, 2013

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is introducing the “Dark Label” version of its mid-size pickup truck Amarok. The Amarok Dark Label is not only capable on and off the road but is also very elegantly appealing to onlookers, thanks to its dark add-on parts and unique visual accents. Onlookers would not fail to notice the Amarok Dark Label’s black 18-inch “Durban” alloy wheels, dark rear side windows and. a dark rear windscreen.

Based on the “Trendline” equipment line, the Amarok Dark Label features B-pillars covered with a black trim layer, design stripes, smoked rear lights and LED-illumination for the license plate. The pickup’s door handles, exterior mirrors, rear bumper and styling bar are also in black, as well as the lateral sill tubes with entry step surfaces. The styled underbody guard at the front, meanwhile, comes in silver.

Inside, the Amarok a customer could find a more sophisticated cockpit thanks to Alcantara seat covers, velour floor mats with signatures and a RCD 310 radio with multifunction steering wheel, as well as heated front seats and heated windscreen washer nozzles. The Amarok’s cargo bed also features a Durabed liner coating.

All paints available for the Amarok Trendline like Starlight Blue, Candy White to Deep Black can also be availed for the Amarok Dark Label. The Amarok “Dark Label” is only available as a DoubleCab and could be driven with any of the engine variants -- 103 kW/140PS or 132 kW/180 PS -- and drivetrain variants – rear-wheel drive, permanent four-wheel drive or switchable four-wheel drive.

The Amarok “Dark Label” carries a starting price of EUR36,271, for the 103 kW TDI with rear-wheel drive). Interested buyers could start making advanced orders at the beginning of November, with first deliveries slated for early 2014.

Buyers of the Volkswagen Amarok can select one of three driveline options: permanent all-wheel drive, selectable four-wheel drive (both 4MOTION), and rear-wheel drive (4x2). The latter signifies the entry-level variety and should fascinate customers who are interested in the truck’s body design and use versatility. The two AWD versions are capable in every terrain.

Amarok 4MOTION with selectable four-wheel drive and a signature red "4" is the best choice for journeys through the countryside. It uses a solid lock for its four-wheel drive, a proven feature in the pickup segment. When engaged through the press of a button, it creates solid power transfer to the axles. For the most involved tasks, there is lessened off-road gearing that can make complex off-road routes easy to navigate.

Even inclines of 100 percent with a 45-degree slope angle at a full payload are not an obstacle. Also, the progressively tuned Heavy Duty spring package has three main and two auxiliary spring packs that assures high overload safety and consistent comfort in every load situation.

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