2016 Volkswagen Amarok facelift 2

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has officially unveiled the facelifted Volkswagen Amarok, which was previewed ahead of its reveal. While the pick-up truck does get a nip and tuck job to its looks, the more significant update takes place under the hood.

Where the previous Amarok only came with four-cylinder turbodiesel engine offerings, Volkswagen has now added a Euro 6-compliant 3.0 litre V6 TDI unit here. The mill will be available in three output levels – 163 PS, 204 PS and 224 PS, with the latter being the first to be offered. Peak torque of 550 Nm is available from just 1,500 rpm, up 130 Nm from the 2.0 litre TDI engine.

Transmission options here include an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. According to Volkswagen, the Amarok in 224 PS guise, when fitted with the eight-speed automatic, will be able to obtain a combined NEDC fuel consumption figure of 7.6 litres/100 km. Emissions is listed as 199 g of CO2/km.

Volkswagen offers three different drive-system versions for the Amarok – rear-wheel drive and two 4Motion versions. For the latter, buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive with an engageable front axle (manual gearbox), or with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential (eight-speed auto).

On the exterior, the 5,250 mm-long (2,230 mm wide) Amarok gets new bumpers, intakes, bi-xenon headlamps (with LED DRLs), 20-inch alloy wheels and body-coloured sports bar. For the flatbed area, the Amarok will accommodate a Euro-pallet loaded sideways, and can be fitted with various additional styling bars, covers, cargo area coatings and hardtops.

Inside, there’s an all-new dashboard as seen on the earlier preview sketches, which is now more car-like. There are also new ergonomic seats here, while the driver benefits from Volkswagen’s Servotronic steering system (standard in Europe) and Automatic Post-Collision Braking System. On select variants, Park Distance Control (with reverse camera) is available as well.