A new sketch puts it much closer to production than concept.
Volkswagen's commercial arm teased the next Amarok pickup on Thursday in a design sketch. It looks cool, it looks mean, but we're still not sure if it's coming to the US. We've been hearing about this truck for years. In 2018 we saw an American patent for the name. In 2019, VW CEO Herbert Diess said that the Amarok will only be sold in America if Ford and VW join forces to develop a pickup truck.
Ford has now done that with the Ranger, a deal in 2019 consisting of a "broad alliance that positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry." The plan was for the new trucks to come out in 2022.
"It's not going to be just a fantastic pick-up. It's going to be a genuine Volkswagen too - with clear DNA in both technology and design," said Carsten Intra, Chairman of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Management Board.
The sketch shows a slightly toned-down Amarok from when we saw it last in 2020. That drawing (below) showed a small cab pickup with two doors, while this new picture shows a double cab. It also wears more realistic wheels, a grille that might be able to make production and several orange tow hooks to get pulled out of danger.
VW also added roof rails, LED light bar, and a few other bits in the new sketch. The artist also ditched some of the silver in front for a more imposing black bumper.
Because it's based on the Ford Ranger, we can guess it will be close to the same dimensions. That means about 211 inches long, 78 inches wide and 71 inches tall. We like that size of truck, but we like them even smaller too, like the forthcoming Ford Maverick. That would make for a great VW pickup platform. Remember "Think Small?"
As for powertrains, in Europe and elsewhere it will get an offering of diesel engines, but those don't mix with Americans, especially from VW. We'd expect some sort of turbocharged four making around 200 hp, and a V6 making around 300 hp. We don't see a need for more than that from a midsizer like this.
We've contacted VW to see what the latest is, and whether the brand has decided to unequivocally sell the Amarok here. We'll update if we hear back.