POWER UP: New V6 diesel engines for VW's Amarok ute will offer up to 165kW and 550Nm, while some variants will be able to tow 3500kg.
POWER UP: New V6 diesel engines for VW's Amarok ute will offer up to 165kW and 550Nm, while some variants will be able to tow 3500kg.

New VW Amarok ute brings joy of six

THE one-tonne ute wars has been a busy battleground these past 12 months, and now it's Volkswagen's turn to up the stakes with a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel powerplant for its Amarok.

When it arrives it will be the only six-cylinder in the segment with the majority - including the class leading Toyota HiLux - utilising four-cylinders, and the popular Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50s employing five-potters.

Europe will receive the new V6 Amaroks as early as September this year, so we can expect to see the variants in Australia's line-up soon after, although there has been no confirmation of the date, full specification or pricing.

2016 VW Amarok V6. Photo: Contributed
2016 VW Amarok V6. Photo: Contributed

We do know this latest generation of VW 3.0-litre V6 engines will offer up to 165kW and a mighty 550Nm of torque from just 1500rpm. That's is an increase in twist of 130Nm over the current 2.0-litre four-cylinder range-topping Amarok TDI420. VW says when mated to the ute's eight-speed auto gearbox the combined diesel consumption is 7.6-litres/100km. This highest powered engine will be offered from the outset, while two other output levels - 120kW and 150kW - will follow.

As previously mentioned, the V6 Amarok's full Australian specification is unknown, but European models receive a Servotronic steering system, 17-inch front brake discs and automatic post-collision braking system as standard.

2016 VW Amarok V6. Photo: Contributed
2016 VW Amarok V6. Photo: Contributed

The new pictures released, showing Europe's Amarok Aventura, reveal a mild facelift while inside VW says there's an all-new dashboard and new ergonomic seats. Said Aventura looks to have the high spec many double-cab ute buyers desire in Australia, with 20-inch alloys, rear-view camera, bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights. VW also says some variants of the new Amarok will boast a towing capacity of up to 3500kg.

The current Amarok dual cab ute with 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine starts from $32,990. It is unknown if the four-cylinder engines will be retained alongside the new V6s or whether they'll be dropped to make way for the bigger units.


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