All-New Ranger-Based Volkswagen Amarok Teased With Rugged Style

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We also get a glimpse of the cabin and a hint at numerous accessories.

Now in the final stages of development, the second generation of Volkswagen's Amarok has been teased yet again, in a design sketch detailing the rear three-quarters of the pick-up truck, through the windscreen of another Amarok, giving us a small glimpse into the cabin.

From the sketch, what appears to be a leather-trimmed dash can be spotted, the orange stitching giving away the game. As preferred by VW, the latest Amarok seems to eschew the now-fashionable 'floating touchscreen' in favor of an integrated system. This isn't the first time Volkswagen has shown us the interior - a previous sketch shows what looks to be a premium cabin with two-tone upholstery and lashings of metallic trim.

The cabin will also feature more driver-assist systems and better infotainment connectivity. Volkswagen says the second-gen Amarok will boast innovations never seen before in this segment.

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Sharing a platform with the upcoming Ford Ranger, the all-new Amarok will be built alongside its American cousin at Ford's Silverton plant in South Africa. Launched in 2010, Volkswagen's pick-up truck has enjoyed decent success, with over 815,000 units sold worldwide. Based on the teaser images, it's safe to say the new model's rugged exterior styling will be a massive departure from the conservative lines of the first generation.

Engine choices are expected to mirror those offered in the Ranger, which includes the option of a 255-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A lesser-powered 2.0-liter is also an option. Lars Menge, Head of Product Marketing at VW Commercial Vehicles, has said the brand will continue to use "highly-efficient" TDI engines for the latest model.

Menge noted that additional power units may be added depending on where it's sold: "Depending on the market, the Amarok will be moving forward efficiently and powerfully as a diesel or petrol vehicle."

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The new model will reportedly increase in size, becoming approximately four inches longer and 1.5 inches wider than before. The Wolfsburg-based brand has also said the second-generation Amarok will boast improvements in all areas, from efficiency to off-road ability.

Commenting on the appearance of the to-be-released model, Head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Albert-Johann Kirzinger said, "We've given the strength and power of the new Amarok an unambiguous expression - with clear Volkswagen DNA, inside and out."

The Amarok is set to be officially unveiled towards the end of 2022 and, while it's unlikely to be sold stateside (we remain hopeful), we think it would be a rather appealing alternative to other mid-sized trucks such as the Ranger and Chevy's Colorado.

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