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Volkswagen has presented another take on its Amarok pick-up, with the Canyon concept paddling in at the Geneva show. While specially configured for the extreme sport of freestyle kayaking, it’s really a means to illustrate the versatility of pick-up configurations that can be created with the truck.

All aspects of the Amarok Canyon concept being shown in Geneva are designed to meet the requirements of the sport, from the pick-up’s running gear to details of the cargo box. The concept vehicle is significantly taller and wider than the production Amarok – it’s 40 mm higher courtesy of a body lift kit, and when the tyres are included, the concept is a full 85 mm taller than the production model.

Meanwhile, the wheel housings have been widened by 35 mm on each side to make room for the big AT tyres the Canyon wears, in this case 275/65 rubbers on 18-inch Durban type wheels painted in High Gloss Adamantium Dark. Even the exterior colour goes the exotic route – the vehicle is finished in a three-layer Baladi Orange shade.

Elsewhere, the concept gets auxiliary headlights mounted on its roof, as well as smoked rear lights and colour-contrasting underbody protection. The 4MOTION-equipped vehicle features a 177 hp 2.0 litre TDI mill, offering 400 Nm from 1,500 to 2,250 rpm.


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To aid ingress and egress in light of the raised ride height, two electrically-deployed tread plates make getting in and out of the vehicle an easy job. The tread plates, designed to be visually unobtrusive, retract when the vehicle is moving to maintain the high level of off-road capability.

The two carbon fibre kayaks are securely mounted to the cargo floor: at the rear, the floor is designed with two formed cut-outs with soft padding, while the kayak bows are mounted on a styling bar – again, in High Gloss Adamantium Dark – with straps for firmly securing the boats. The paddles are firmly latched in place on the inside surface of the easy-to-operate tailgate.

All other gear – white water helmets, flotation devices and rafting shoes – are also stowed securely, the helmets in nets on the front wall of the cargo bed and the rest of the gear in smaller boxes that can be locked with watertight lids.

Inside, the leather seats feature a two-tone styling, with the seating surfaces in a shade called Sterling, and the head restraints and side supports offset in what’s called Adamant.

The orange-red finish outside finds its way into the cabin as well – the safety belts and the air outlets wear the shade, as do the decorative seams for the seats, the three-spoke steering wheel and gear shift lever trim. Completing the kit on the concept is a three auxiliary instrument array, which displays the climbing and tilt angles of the Amarok when tackling tough terrain.