Volkswagen Amarok Released: New 1-Ton Bakkie

Volkswagen has released their 1-ton bakkie into the South African market. It’s called the Volkswagen Amarok and it offers “Best in Class” payload and cargo-loading abilities. The Amarok offers two different engines, and a double-cab body-style. In 2011 VW will introduce a Single-Cab with a longer load bed.

The first engine for the Amarok is a 2.0-litre TDI with 90kW and 340Nm of torque. The 0-100km/h time on this motor is 13.5 seconds where the top speed amounts to 163km/h. Fuel-wise, this motor will use 7.7-litres per 100km and emit 202g/km of CO2. This motor will be available in two models, the base model with rear wheel drive, and the 4Motion with switchable four-wheel-drive.

Following this, the next motor is a Bi-Turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel with 120kW and 400Nm of torque. This motor will also be available in rear-wheel and 4Motion layout, where the 0-100km/h time comes in at 10.8 seconds with a top speed of 182km/h. The fuel rating amounts to 7.9 seconds with CO2 emissions of 208g/km.

There will be two trim levels available, the Trendline and the Highline. The standard features for the Trendline include adjustable front seats, a folding rear bench, a light for the load-bed, and body-coloured bumpers, door handles and mirrors. There will be a semi-automatic climate control system, a multi-functional display, cruise control, fog-lights and 16-inch wheels as a standard. The Highline trim-level will include chrome mirrors, 17-inch wheels, a contrasting instrument panel, an automatic climate control system, and a high-performance sound system.

Volkswagen said that the load capacity for the Amarok amounts to 1-ton, making it one of the top runner bakkies.

Safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Control/Program, Off-Road Mode, Electronic Differential Locks, Anti-Slip Regulation and ABS. There’s a Hill Decent Assist when Off-Rode Mode is activated.


Amarok Double Cab 2.0 TDI Trendline 4×2 90 kW            R316 840
Amarok Double Cab 2.0 TDI Trendline 4Motion 90 kW        R364 440

Amarok Double Cab 2.0 BiTDI Highline 4×2 120 kW            R342 440
Amarok Double Cab 2.0 BiTDI Highline 4Motion 120 kW        R390 040


Description Trendline Highline
Electric interface for external use R 620
Electronic stabilisation program (ESP) R4 300 Standard
Leather seats “Vienna” R7 040 R6 400
18″ “Durban” Alloy wheels R10 710 R4 560
19″ “Alastaro” Alloy wheels R15 270 R9 130
Bluetooth radio R2 000 No charge
Park distance control – rear R2 600
Metallic Paint R1 500


Amarok comes standard with a 3 year/120 000 km manufacturer warranty and 5 year/90 000 km Automotion Service Plan.

All models have a 6 year anti-corrosion warranty and 15 000 km service intervals.

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