New Volkswagen Amarok pickup teased before summer 2022 unveiling

European sales of VW rival to the Ford Ranger will start towards the end of the year

  • Previewed by official design sketches
  • Big touchscreen to be fitted on range-topping models
  • V6 diesel will feature again

The new 2022 Volkswagen Amarok will be revealed this summer, before going on sale before the end of the year. For now, Volkswagen has teased the pick-up truck again, this time in a wintry setting towing a large trailer.

This new teaser focuses on the ruggedness and carrying capability of the Amarok, while also showing its huge flared wheelarches. Other than the arches and trim being black, the new teaser doesn’t give any more away than the previous one, which showed the Amarok in a safari scene.

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However, Volkswagen has confirmed that the new truck will be 10cm longer and 4cm wider than its predecessor, which should improve its spaciousness. The orange stitching and black arches may hint at a tougher-looking range-topper to take on the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and Toyota Hilux Invincible.

Volkswagen Amarok teaser

We know that the next-generation Amarok will share its underpinnings with the newly revealed Ford Ranger, thanks to a deal between Ford and Volkswagen that also sees Ford use the Volkswagen Caddy as the basis for the new Tourneo Connect.

While pickup trucks tend to look similar anyway because they all incorporate a flatbed, the Amarok does feature some of the same styling flourishes as the Ranger. The windowline of double-cab models looks the same, and the bonnet of each car looks almost identical. The sketches give us a reasonably clear look at the front of the new Amarok, which will get silver accents and LED daytime running lights. It’s likely that the swollen wheelarches will be toned down before the final production model is launched.

Some of the interior technology will be shared between the two vehicles, with both getting a large portrait touchscreen on top-spec versions. Volkswagen promises significantly more driver assistance systems than the outgoing Amarok, which has been produced since 2010.

Volkswagen’s 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine looks set to continue to be offered in the Amarok and it’s also going to be offered in the Ford Ranger for the first time. We know that the Ranger is also getting a 2.3-litre petrol engine (previously fitted to the Ford Mustang) and a 2.0-litre diesel engine with a 10-speed automatic gearbox but it’s not clear at this stage whether the Volkswagen will get these options too.

The Amarok will be built at Ford’s Silverton factory in South Africa, and the Pacheco facility in Cordoba, Argentina.

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