Volkswagen Amarok V6 - Democratic Power
Volkswagen New Zealand has democratised its Amarok V6 line-up by adding an entry-level model, the Amarok V6, which comes in at $69,990.
Recognising some buyers want the 165kW 3.0-litre V6 TDi engine but don’t necessarily need the added expense of bells and whistles, it’s $7k cheaper than the mechanically identical Highline, and $16k less than the Aventura.
Amarok V6 is hardly a stripper though, and more of a workhorse and fleet focused vehicle, retaining the 3500kg braked towing capacity, stable handling and tenacious roadholding of Volkswagen’s permanent 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.
The new addition to the Amarok family remains fun and responsive to drive on-road and off, because the strong V6 engine - a beefy 550 Newton metres of torque - remains the most powerful unit available in the current midsize ute market.
It needs a Sport mode like Concorde needed a propellor, but it’s there anyway, and it’s still great fun to use when accelerating from a motorway on-ramp. There is no low ratio but with an eight-speed auto it’s not missed, and the all-paw Amarok V6 has an electronic off-road mode for greater traction in challenging conditions.
The new Amarok V6 also has the same servotronic power steering system, daytime running lights, Torsen torque sensing centre differential and automatic post-collision braking system as the Highline and Aventura models.
It is comfortably equipped with cloth upholstery, single zone climate-controlled air conditioning, park distance control with reversing camera, media system with app-connect, rear-privacy glass, and also gets a leather covered multifunction steering wheel and a proper parking brake handle.
Thanks to App Connect, the system mirrors both Apple and Android phones through the touch screen audio system. It’s a bit of a sleeper because with the exception of the discreet V6 badge on the radiator grille, there’s nothing about this truck that screams performance.
Its subtle appearance will certainly appeal to some punters and for others it will be a canvas on which to paint their own picture.
“It’s no secret that as a brand we do better with vehicles at the upper end of the market, but by adding this additional entry-level model to the line-up we have made the V6 engine accessible to more customers,” says Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles head, Kevin Richards.
“We are also hoping to be able to offer a manual version of the Amarok V6 in the first quarter of 2019 for those people who prefer to have a three-pedal vehicle,” he added.
The 2.0-litre, 132kW TDi Amarok 4Motion Comfortline will now be the sole four-cylinder offering at $58,990 as the $54,990 Core has been discontinued from the line-up.
Volkswagen hopes the addition of the Amarok V6 will assist in building the brand’s momentum, as its year-to-date May sales in the double cab 4x4 automatic segment have increased by nearly 83 per cent.