Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sold more than 830,000 examples of the Amarok in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, North Asia and South and Central America over a ten-year production run. So while it might not be quite the heavy hitter that the VW Golf is, for the commercial side of the business it is a huge deal.
What’s new? Well quite a lot. The new Amarok is 96mm longer than before with a wheelbase that’s grown by 173mm. VW says the vehicle is actually narrower than before, though it doesn’t say by how much, and the wading depth has jumped up from 500mm to 800mm, which for some buyers will make a massive difference. Important, too, are the approach angles, as shorter overhangs mean approach angles of 29 degrees and 21 degrees front and rear respectively, with a ramp angle of 21 degrees between the axles. Like its predecessor the pick-up bed can accommodate a loaded pallet, strapped down with eye rings on either side of said bed, but the single-cab Amarok can now accommodate two pallets. The overall load-carrying capabilities have jumped from 1,000kg to 1,160kg.
Fancy a world tour in an Amarok? It’s potentially quite a small market, but there’s now a static roof load capacity of 350kg, enough, says VW, for a four-person roof tent that’s available as an accessory. You can get bike holders, too, as well as various bars and attachments, a hardtop cover for the bed that effectively turns the Amarok into a van, and a number of off-road-appropriate accessories like underbody protection, a snorkel and all-terrain tyres.