It seems we're always most interested in what we can't have. That seems to be the case with the Volkswagen Amarok pickup. Like the T6 Ford Ranger, whenever we do a news post or feature on VW's midsize truck, it gets plenty of views from wistful visitors wanting to own one.
VW just sent out a notification on some equipment changes on the Amarok, namely, the 140-hp TDI engine now becoming the standard engine, replacing the 122-hp version as the base engine. The more powerful engine also has 250 lb-ft of torque delivered in a nice, flat plateau from 1600 to 2250 rpm.
In addition to the new base engine, the Amarok gets an available backup camera, and new RNS 510-series navigation system. The Amarok is also available with an auxiliary remote heating system.
The single-cab Amarok goes for the equivalent of $27,604 before taxes, and $32,845 when those pesky VAT taxes are added in. The Double Cab Amarok with the new engine starts at $33,604 before taxes. Topline Amaroks are powered by a 180-hp version of the 2.0-liter TDI engine with 310 lb-ft of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic. The aptly named Highline model with 4Motion and the hot TDI will set you back $40,095 before taxes, or almost $50,000 once all the taxes are added up.