These pickups will be built side-by-side in South Africa.
Ford and Volkswagen partnered up in 2019 to cut the cost of developing electric and commercial vehicles. Part of that agreement was a compact pickup truck, the first vehicle to come out of this significant partnership.
We already know almost everything about the new Ford Ranger, but Volkswagen has kept quiet about the new Amarok until now. We've seen some concept sketches, but that's about it. And now Volkswagen has released two more concept sketches, but at least this time, it spoke openly about the upcoming pickup. Our render, made in July, seems to be on the money.
"The striking front, and above all the defining design clearly distinguish the new Amarok and emphasize its claim to be leading the way," confirms Albert-Johann Kirzinger, Head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. "We've given the strength and power of the new Amarok an unambiguous expression-with clear Volkswagen DNA, inside and out."
The new Amarok will be built alongside the Ranger in South Africa. The Amarok made quite a name for itself in Australia and South Africa, being the first pickup powered by a V6 diesel engine. Thanks to Ford, we know the Ranger will also be available with an all-new V6 diesel, also built in South Africa. Why use the old Audi-sourced V6 diesel, when an all-new diesel engine is available just down the road?
However, we can't help but think that some of the Amarok's defining characteristics will be lost. Unlike most pickups in that segment, the Amarok had a permanent 4WD system without low range. Instead, it had an extremely low first gear, which worked beautifully. The Amarok will likely lose this setup and gain a more traditional one, moving over to the new Ranger-based platform.
Unfortunately, it seems like the Amarok will not be coming to the USA anytime soon. The first deliveries will be to Europe late in 2022. Volkswagen will likely follow that up with deliveries to former Amarok markets like South Africa, South America, and Australia.