Af­ter much an­tic­i­pa­tion Volk­swa­gen’s new Amarok V6 ar­rived in the coun­try in De­cem­ber last year with the first four months’ worth of mod­els sold out. The new Amarok V6 3.0L TDI 4Mo­tion ( full-time) all­wheel drive model de­liv­ers 165kWs of peak power and a new best- in- class torque fig­ure of 550Nm plus an over­boost func­tion which can in­crease the en­gine power up to 180kW. The func­tion is avail­able at full throt­tle for 10 sec­onds in du­ra­tion be­tween 50 and 120 km/ h. With the new, more mus­cu­lar V6 turbo- diesel en­gine has come an in­crease in max­i­mum braked tow­ing ca­pac­ity to 3500kg. The new model also her­alds a mi­nor facelift, new al­loy wheel and up­hol­stery op­tions, an all- new dash­board and 12 Way elec­tri­cally- ad­justable ‘er­goCom­fort’ heated front seats. Drive­abil­ity and road han­dling are also im­proved fur­ther with a Ser­votronic steer­ing sys­tem, while the ve­hi­cle now in­cludes Au­to­matic Post- Col­li­sion Brak­ing Sys­tem plus new, vented disc brakes; 17- inch on the front and 16- inch discs at the rear. At the launch of the new V6 model Volk­swa­gen Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Rud­den­klau com­mented: “With­out a doubt, the new Amarok V6 sits firmly at the top of the ute peck­ing or­der. With per­for­mance and qual­ity akin to a pre­mium SUV, Amarok V6 will yet again re­de­fine the ute cat­e­gory for New Zealand.” The ar­rival of the V6 model as part of a new, facelifted line has given Volk­swa­gen New Zealand the op­por­tu­nity to re­align the en­tire Amarok range. For in­stance, all Amarok mod­els will now come with 4Mo­tion 4WD as stan­dard, se­lec­tive in the six- speed man­ual model, per­ma­nent with the eight-speed au­to­matic ones. In ad­di­tion, the 2.0 litre, four­cylin­der mod­els re­ceives be­tween $ 4,000 – $ 15,000 in spec­i­fi­ca­tion en­hance­ments and/ or price re­duc­tions with the range kick­ing off with a 4Mo­tion t win-turbo 2.0 litre, four- cylin­der “Core” model from $ 49,990. Ad­di­tional spec­i­fi­ca­tion and price re­duc­tions con­tinue with a new Com­fort­line 2.0 litre and re­vised High­line 2.0 litre.

The new V6 Amarok.

The 165-180kW/550Nm V6 en­gine.

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