5 REASONS THE AMAROK SHOULD COME TO CANADA
Canada is missing one fine example of a midsize 4WD truck
While the mainstream media cries bloody murder over spilt diesel, we at 4WDrive think there is a Volkswagen controversy even more disturbing – they build one of the best mid-size pickups going and we can’t have it. The Volkswagen Amarok has been a success story for VW ever since it was launched in 2010 and can be seen in just about every country but our own, and that’s a damn shame, because it’s one sweet truck.
While the rumour of the Amarok making its way to Canadian shores seems to be heating up once again, the official word from VW is that there is new interest, but any new pickups would likely be larger in stature and placed in the extremely competitive full-size half-ton segment currently dominated by the big three (Ford, Ram and GM). And that’s an even greater shame, because I recently had the chance to get to know the VW Amarok, and the fact VW are not bringing this truck to North America to do battle with the likes of the Colorado, Tacoma and Frontier defies logic… well at least if they built them here to bypass the Chicken Tax.
As a fan of the mid-size segment, the addition of any manufacturer into this market gets me excited. While that may not happen for quite some time, I did have the chance to drive the 2016 VW Amarok down in New Zealand, and I found five very good reasons why VW should bring this truck to Canada.
It’s a Real Truck
Don’t be fooled, this is a proper truck. I made the mistake of not taking a VW pickup seriously when the Amarok was born back in 2010, not sure if it was built on a body-on-frame or monocoque architecture. This is a traditional body-on-frame pickup available in single, extended and double cap configurations. The solid rear axle is held up with leaf springs and like every mid-size pickup, sports an independent front suspension.
In photos I noticed that it had a very car-like look, but trust me, this is a truck when you get up close and personal. It is built to be rugged and handle anything a mid-size should be able to handle.
One Gem of an Engine
While the TDI brand has taken a pretty viscous hit with this whole Dieselgate sham, thankfully the Amarok has kept its nose clean throughout these dark days back in Wolfsberg. The Amarok only comes equipped with three different flavours of the 2.0L fourcylinder TDI, but don’t for a second consider the little 2.0L to be the Amarok’s Achilles Heal. It may only be rated at 132 hp, but this little beauty is packing 310 lb-ft worth of torque, more than the North American competition, save for the diesel powered Colorado.
Just because it has a small engine doesn’t mean it can’t pull its own weight either, literally. VW rate the Amarok to haul a payload of 969 kg, or tow 3,000 kg. Likewise, that beats most of the Canadian