Volk­swa­gen ex­pands V6 range

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Volk­swa­gen Aus­tralia has an­nounced an ex­pan­sion of its Amarok V6 dual-cab pick-up range, with the ad­di­tion of a man­ual trans­mis­sion to the en­try-level Core vari­ant and the ar­rival of two new au­to­matic entrants.

Pre­vi­ously, the four-cylin­der TDI400 Core vari­ant was the only vari­ant in the Amarok range to fea­ture a three­pedal op­tion, how­ever, Volk­swa­gen Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cles Aus­tralia di­rec­tor Ryan Davies said de­mand dic­tated the de­ci­sion to bring the Aus­tralian ex­clu­sive to mar­ket.

“At ev­ery off-road, car­a­van and camp­ing expo and Big Red Bash con­cert the team and I at­tend, we speak with cur­rent own­ers and mem­bers of the off-road­ing com­mu­nity who have begged us to bring an Amarok V6 man­ual to Aus­tralia,” he said.

“It was be­cause of that pas­sion that we were able to mount a case with our head of­fice in Germany to build one, and based on Aus­tralia re­main­ing the num­ber-one export mar­ket in the world for the V6 Amarok, we are fi­nally able to of­fer this unique, Aussie-spec ‘Rok.”

The six-speed man­ual op­tion is set to ar­rive in show­rooms in De­cem­ber, em­ploy­ing a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel out­putting 165kw – 180kw on over­boost – and 500Nm, down 50Nm

on au­to­matic vari­ants. Pric­ing is yet to be re­leased, but the man­ual Core should come in un­der the price of the au­to­matic ver­sion, which checks in at $52,590 plus on-roads.

Along with the an­nounce­ment of the man­ual Core, Volk­swa­gen has also un­veiled two new ver­sions pow­ered by the eight-speed ZF au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, the first of which, the High­line Black, now a per­ma­nent mem­ber of the fam­ily and priced from $64,990 plus on-roads. The Black edi­tion takes the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the High­line and adds a num­ber of styling touches in­clud­ing 20-inch Talca black al­loy wheels, a high-gloss black styling bar and side steps, gloss-black side mir­rors, chrome ra­di­a­tor bar grilles, a front bumper design element, a black rear bumper and bi-xenon head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights.

In­side, the High­line Black scores black head­lin­ing and pil­lar trims, a ‘Dis­cover Me­dia’ nav­i­ga­tion system with app con­nect, and ‘Salipra’ cloth uphol­stery in Pal­la­dium. Vi­enna leather and heated seats are also avail­able as op­tional ex­tras.

The ex­tra equip­ment comes at a cost of $3900 above the reg­u­lar High­line grade.

De­spite be­ing based on the High­line, the Black scores the more pow­er­ful en­gine tune from the top-spec Ul­ti­mate, pro­duc­ing 190kw and 580Nm.

Lastly, a spe­cial-edi­tion V6 Canyon grade has been rein­tro­duced to the range, ar­riv­ing in September in a run of 350 units and priced at $57,990.

The Canyon is eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able from its dis­tinc­tive ex­te­rior el­e­ments, such as 17-inch ‘Aragua’ al­loy wheels, door and tailgate de­cals, bi-xenon head­lights with LED day­time run­ning lights, dark-tinted rear tail-lights, black rear bumper and front and rear park­ing sen­sors with a re­vers­ing cam­era.

In­side, the Canyon gains spe­cial cloth seat cov­ers, black head­lin­ing and pil­lar trims, a multi-func­tion colour dis­play, Com­po­si­tion Me­dia with app con­nect and cli­ma­tronic air-con­di­tion­ing.

Four colours are avail­able on the Canyon, in­clud­ing Candy White, Indium Grey Me­tal­lic, Deep Black Pearl Ef­fect and Out­back Or­ange, the lat­ter of which comes with black whee­larch ex­ten­sions.

The Canyon makes use of the en­gine found in the Core and High­line au­to­matic, pro­duc­ing 165kw and 550Nm.

Sales of the Amarok 4x4 have eased 7.6 per­cent in the first seven months of 2019, from 5246 units to 4845.

NEW AD­DI­TION: Volk­swa­gen has ex­panded its Amarok V6 range.

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