The Volkswagen Amarok has received a power upgrade – the 163 PS 2.0 litre BiTDI model’s engine now outputs 180 PS, and now drives the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The new 8-speed automatic transmission allows the Amarok to easily grab the honours of the highest number of gear ratios in its class, ensuring the engine is always in the sweet spot of power and efficiency. Torque is now 420Nm at 1,750rpm instead of 400Nm.

It’s probably why even though power is up to 180 PS which is an over 10% bump, the new Volkswagen Amarok BlueMotion is about 3.9% more economical than the 163 PS model. Emissions has dropped by 10g/km to 199g/km.

The automatic model uses permanent 4MOTION all wheel drive, while the 6-speed manual version has selectable 4MOTION. There’s also a 122 PS 2.0 litreTDI engine available, which has one less turbocharger than the twin-turbo 2.0 litre BiTDI engine.