Com­fort and power

Style Magazine - - Motoring - BY BRENT DAV­I­SON

When Volk­swa­gen brought its Amarok light truck to Aus­tralia al­most six years ago the launch was quickly fol­lowed by rave re­views.

Amarok was ev­ery­thing buy­ers in the class wanted: pow­er­ful, com­fort­able, ca­pa­ble, drive­able and, most im­por­tantly, af­ford­able.

There was one thing miss­ing though – a beefy six-cylin­der en­gine.

Volk­swa­gen ad­dressed that par­tic­u­lar is­sue for Aus­tralian buy­ers this week, lift­ing the bon­net on a facelifted Amarok duo that is the van­guard for a fully re­vamped four-cylin­der model range that will ar­rive here in the first quar­ter of next year.

Two model grades – High­line and Ul­ti­mate – one me­chan­i­cal pack­age, Volk­swa­gen Group’s 3.0-litre V6 turbo-diesel, the same en­gine that has been do­ing ster­ling ser­vice in Audi’s Q5 and Q7 SUV.

For Amarok it is mated to an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion and drives all four wheels through a Torsen sys­tem.

It has a tough, work­man­like ap­pear­ance cour­tesy of the bold grille restyle and the flared wheel arches en­hance its mas­culin­ity, as do its slab sides and gen­er­ally up­right styling.

The first Amarok had the com­fort lev­els of a car both in­ter­nally and dy­nam­i­cally and the V6 vari­ants are no dif­fer­ent.

Cabin com­fort is im­pres­sive, not just for the way the sup­port­ive seats give you a big cud­dle in the twists and turns but also for the way the dash and in­stru­men­ta­tion has been laid out.

Also im­pres­sive is the lack of trans­mit­ted road and en­gine noise and Amarok V6 can lay claim to hav­ing one of the qui­etest cab­ins in the busi­ness to the point where, at speeds in ex­cess of 120kmh con­ver­sa­tions can be had with­out the need for raised voices.

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