2017 Volkswagen Amarok is the Midsize Luxo Truck We Can’t Have
Top-Line Model Rings Register at $52,000
We’ve long looked at the Volkswagen Amarok midsize truck from afar with admiration. Stylish, efficient, and diesel-powered, it’s nearly everything we could want in a midsize truck. However, Volkswagen has made it clear many times that it has no plans to sell the truck in North America. That’s a pity because VW has applied a steady stream of continual improvements to its midsize hauler, culminating in the 2017 model, the most well-equipped and powerful Amarok to date.
Up until now, most Amaroks were equipped with VW’s 2.0L TDI I-4. Some concept versions have been shown with the larger 3.0L V-6. Now, the bigger diesel is a factory option in the Amarok, making 221 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Volkswagen claims a 0-62 mph acceleration time of 7.9 seconds.
In addition to the updated powertrain, the redesigned Amarok sports a new, more angular interior design language, with updated infotainment and display technology. VW is especially proud of the Amarok’s new “ergoComfort” seats, which have won an award from a German orthopedic association. The driver and front passenger seats on the top-trim “Aventura” are 14-way adjustable for the ultimate in comfort. Additional features include park assist, four 12V power outlets, and Bluetooth connectivity. Unsurprisingly, a fully loaded Amarok Aventura will tally up to the equivalent of $52,000. We really like it, but we’re not sure we like it quite that much. Then again, a lux truck like that would be a good match for the upcoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
The new Amarok will go on sale in many markets other than the U.S. in September.