Volkswagen recently introduced an updated version of their ultra-cool pickup truck. The interesting Amarok received just cosmetic changes from the outside and definitely better technology and handsome design inside. However, what’s more important, the manufacturer added a new oil-burner, which makes the 2018 VW Amarok V6 Diesel worthy rival of the American trucks. Yes, the truck is capable of competing in North America without any doubt, but the German carmaker hasn’t announced that possibility yet.
2018 VW Amarok V6 Diesel: Engine Options
The 2018 Volkswagen Amarok V6 Diesel offers really amazing options under the hood. Okay, we have to admit that the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI with 138 horsepower isn’t too impressive, but there is a twin-turbocharged version that produces 178 ponies and 310 lb-ft. However, by using this so-called BiTDI, the truck is still pretty sluggish, as it needs 11 seconds to reach 60 mph.
On the other hand, there is an all-new 3.0-liter V-6 turbodiesel that makes things right. The standard tune delivers around 161 horsepower and uses a manual gearbox only. However, the topping version is capable of producing a whopping output of 220 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. This mill is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission with a shifter. You can choose between standard RWD and optional 4Motion AWD, but no matter which one you choose, you will get a truck that chases up to 120 mph, plus, a 0-60 sprint is reduced in just 7.9 seconds.
Exterior and Interior Changes
As for the styling changes, the 2018 Amarok sports new lights both front and rear, as well as totally redesigned bumpers. The carmaker added a little bit bigger air vents and bigger 20-inch wheels. Aside they are completely redesigned the new headlights now feature bi-xenon technology. Below, the truck gets standard LED daytime running lights.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 VW Amarok V6 Diesel looks funkier that we expected. The manufacturer added a totally new dashboard and more modern steering wheel with controls for the infotainment and information system. Volkswagen also updated center stack and 3D driver information screen, as well as updated navigation system. Bluetooth and USB connectivity are also standard, and so are App Connect and Guide & Inform. The new seats are fitted with the 14-way ergoComfort system, which is really amazing. According to the manufacturer, the seat can be easily adjusted for everybody. Nappa leather and heating isn’t standard, but you they are at “optional list”. Speaking of the list, we strongly recommend Park Pilot system.
Price and Arrival
As we said earlier, the carmaker hasn’t announced the arrival of the 2018 VW Amarok V6 Diesel at the US soil yet, but this might happen in the coming months. Anyway, if it comes, the interesting pickup truck will cost around $29,000.