SA’S Most Lux­u­ri­ous Bakkie

Premier Magazine (South AFrica) - - Motoring -

When the Volk­swa­gen Amarok was launched some seven years ago, the South African bakkie bri­gade im­me­di­ately bayed for a V6 op­tion. South Africans know what they want in a bakkie, and a V6 is sim­ply non-ne­go­tiable. At long last Volk­swa­gen has ac­qui­esced as it com­plied to the wishes of its many fol­low­ers with an all-new and all-awe­some 3.0-litre V6 TDI op­tion. Sub­stan­tial im­prove­ments in power (165 kw plus an ad­di­tional 15 kw with over-boost) and torque (550 plus an ad­di­tional 30 Nm with over-boost) com­bined with a su­per-smooth eight­speed trans­mis­sion, the V6 Amarok de­liv­ers on ev­ery prom­ise it makes.

The 3.0 V6 TDI is avail­able in three spec­i­fi­ca­tions: High­line, High­line Plus, and Ex­treme. The High­line spec­i­fi­ca­tion adds 18” al­loy rims and four 12V power ports, dark­ened rear lights and an LED num­ber plate light. The lux­ury spec­i­fi­ca­tion level, High­line Plus, adds bi-xenon lamps with LED day­time run­ning lights, leather up­hol­stery, au­to­matic head­lights and wipers, and the up­graded Dis­cover in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and Ap­ple Carplay as standard. The Ex­treme op­tion adds Nappa leather up­hol­stery with con­trast stitch­ing; 14-way elec­tri­cally ad­justable front seats with seat heat­ing, a bin lin­ing, 20” al­loy rims, and the sig­na­ture Ravenna Blue metal­lic paint, and steel styling bars up­front with the op­tion of a colour-coded sports bar on the back.

The new Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI fi­nally takes South Africa’s most lux­u­ri­ous bakkie to a match­ing per­for­mance level, while main­tain­ing the trusted lev­els of com­fort and safety. Un­til such time as Rolls-royce builds a bakkie, the Amarok looks set to re­main the Rolls-royce of bakkies. Pric­ing starts at R665,700.

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