Pick-up power play

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The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - First Drive -

THE price and per­for­mance of a work­horse ute hit a new high­wa­ter mark this week with the ar­rival of the up­dated Volk­swa­gen Amarok.

Now avail­able with the same 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 used in the Porsche Cayenne (de­tuned a lit­tle), it is also the most pow­er­ful pick-up among its peers (165kW/550Nm).

The TDV6 Amarok can do the 0-100km/h dash faster than most reg­u­lar cars (Volk­swa­gen claims 7.9 sec­onds) and is con­sid­er­ably quicker than its Toy­ota HiLux and Ford Ranger ri­vals.

The 3.0-litre TDV6 pro­pels the Amarok’s two top ver­sions, the High­line and Ul­ti­mate ver­sions, pre­vi­ously pow­ered by a 2.0-litre four-cylin­der twin­turbo diesel.

Priced from $59,990 and $67,990 plus on-road costs re­spec­tively they are $3000 to $4000 dearer than their pre­de­ces­sors.

Mean­while four-cylin­der diesel en­gines will con­tinue to power the more af­ford­able ver­sions of the Amarok.

Cos­metic changes on the TDV6 are re­stricted to grille, front bumper and dash­board.

One sig­nif­i­cant sin of omis­sion: rear airbags are still not avail­able six years af­ter the model went on sale, de­spite Volk­swa­gen ac­knowl­edg­ing that utes are now be­ing bought by fam­ily SUV buy­ers.

The Amarok is likely to

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