Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles says it is raising the bar with its premium pick-up, the Amarok V6, which it is launching on the Irish market this month with a starting price of €31,268 plus VAT.
VW says it is enhancing its performance potential, thanks to the latest generation of V6 engines. There is an additional litre of displacement offered by the 3.0-litre engine, while VW says the pick-up will continue to boast impressive on and off-road capability.
The new engine will deliver up to 550Nm of torque and a power output of 224HP, which it says is some 50HP more than the average for vehicles in this segment. VW says its new refined V6 diesel engine propels the Amarok from 0-100km/h in an impressive 7.9 seconds.
It adds that the agile new engine meets customer requirements for high torque at low engine speeds even under the most demanding of conditions. The powerful top-of-the-line six-cylinder engine produces its maximum torque at only 1,500rpm, enhancing the driving experience as well as refinement and fuel economy.
Irish buyers will have a choice of 204HP or 224HP 3.0 V6 engines, combined with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Irish specs will include 17-inch brake discs on the front axle of the 224HP Amarok version and 16-inch discs at the rear ensure the powerful pickup always comes to a stop quickly and safely. The automatic post-collision braking system, which has won multiple awards, is also included as standard.
Alan Bateson, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Ireland, said: “We were delighted to launch the new Amarok V6 at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships where we provided visitors the opportunity to experience the new V6 on a one acre off road driving experience.
“The Amarok has really evolved into a vehicle that isn’t just about the undoubted practicality, but also about good looks, road presence and more engaging driving dynamics. And with the new powerful six-cylinder engine it produces a best in class torque of 550 Nm, which is 130Nm higher than in the previous model. Irish motorists can avail of a 24 hour test drive at their local dealer from October.”
The Amarok is available in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline trims. The wheels in the various equipment levels offered with the Amarok are now larger, which makes for an even more powerful and sporty appearance. The Amarok Highline features 18-inch alloy wheels and the park distance control parking assistant, which utilises a rear-view camera. The overall impression of the Highline is improved further by bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED licence plate lighting, and a well-equipped and luxurious interior.