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VOLK­SWA­GEN TO BE THE MOST POW­ER­FUL ONE-TONNE UTE, FOR NOW.

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VOLK­SWA­GEN has of­fi­cially an­nounced the much-ru­moured V6 diesel-pow­ered Amarok will be­come a real­ity when the facelifted one-tonne truck goes on sale later this year.

VW Group’s 3.0-litre unit will be fit­ted to top-spec mod­els, while the 2.0TDI bi-turbo en­gine will con­tinue in lower-spec vari­ants.

Mak­ing up to 550Nm from just 1500rpm, the 2967cc V6 Amarok will be the most torquey one-tonne ute avail­able. It will out­gun the cur­rent torque leader, the Holden Colorado, which makes 500Nm from its 2.8litre in­line four-cylin­der en­gine.

The VW V6 may also be of­fered in lower states of tune for var­i­ous mar­kets and spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els.

It is ex­pected the V6 Amarok will con­tinue with the part-time, dual-range 4x4 sys­tem when backed by the six-speed man­ual gear­box, and full-time, sin­gle-range when backed by the eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Buy­ers can ex­pect the V6TDI Amarok to be the high­est-priced one-tonne ute on the mar­ket. The Amarok TDI420 Ul­ti­mate al­ready holds that tag at a list price of $63,990, but we tip the V6, which will be an ad­di­tional model to the range, will raise this price con­sid­er­ably.

We’re also tip­ping other man­u­fac­tur­ers to bring out their own high-spec mod­els to cash in on the lu­cra­tive top end of the mar­ket. How­ever, no one else has sug­gested a V6TDI en­gine

ex­cept Mercedes-benz, whose Nis­san Navara-based ute isn’t ex­pected to sur­face un­til 2018.

The Amarok’s facelift doesn’t ap­pear to bring much more than new bumpers, grille and lights, while safety tech is ex­pected to im­prove with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing.

The in­te­rior is yet to be re­vealed, but it’s ex­pected to be up­dated in line with other new VW mod­els. Like­wise, tow­ing ca­pac­ity is tipped to in­crease from 3000kg to the class stan­dard of 3500kg. The VW Amarok has been a favourite with 4X4 Aus­tralia, win­ning the cov­eted Ute of the Year ac­co­lade on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and impressing us with its dy­nam­ics, space and per­for­mance. We can only ex­pect this to con­tinue when the V6TDI model ar­rives in the fourth quar­ter of this year. Stay tuned to 4x4aus­tralia. com.au for our first drive of the new V6TDI Amarok in mid-june.

V6TDI Amarok will be the most ex­pen­sive one­ton­ner on the mar­ket.

New Amarok’s 3.0L V6 diesel will offer more torque than any other one-tonne ute.

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