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Another welcome addition to the Amarok’s interior is the presence of a drive-mode selector; for the first time, this includes a low-range setting. While the outgoing model used its permanent all-wheel-drive (4Motion) drivetrain arrangemen­t and short first-gear ratio to offer impressive prowess over tough terrain, the new car gains more traditiona­l off-road driving apparatus via its Ranger connection. This includes a choice of model-dependent drivemode configurat­ions, from selectable 4H to an intuitive, constant AWD set-up.

Considerin­g the relative success of its more powerful double cabs, it’s no surprise to learn that one of the requests from Wolfsburg at the outset of this alliance was the inclusion of V6 powertrain­s. While the 190-kw turbodiese­l unit that made the outgoing model such a menacing traffic-light-dash prospect is no longer viable, Ford’s new 184 kw/600 N.m, 3,0-litre V6 unit is a laudable replacemen­t. As in its Ranger and Everest applicatio­ns – mated with the American brand’s 10-speed automatic transmissi­on – progress is refined, confident and steady, if not quite as punchy as in the outgoing top-of-the-range VW double cab.

Navigating the Cape Town-based internatio­nal launch route, the average fuel consumptio­n was 10,5 L/100 km in a V6-powered derivative.

As the double-cab that convinced the market it was okay to adopt a 2,0-litre turbodiese­l engine, the broader range of new Amaroks in South Africa will combine Ford’s 1 996 cm3 bi-turbo diesel engine and 10-speed automatic transmissi­on.

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