The Amarok is quite a niche car in the US market and that is not because it isn’t a good car or because it doesn’t look good but because it doesn’t have any suitable engine for that market. Fortunately, there is hope for the German pick-up 2015 Volkswagen Amarok as a few tuning companies prepared a special model just for the US.
Being in class with cars such as the Honda Ridgeline or the Toyota Tacoma it has some tough competition to face. The main difference though between these two and the German pickup is that the 2015 Volkswagen Amarok is going to feature only small turbocharged engine that are fuel efficient and also quite powerful but that don’t offer the sheer torque of the much larger engines found in the competition.
2015 Volkswagen Amarok Interior
Let’s start with the design of the new Amarok. While it is a relatively new model this will be one of the first years when it will be sold in the US. It will come with a quite good equipment level that is better than that of the competition. It will include climate control, heated and electric front seats, premium cloth upholstery, a 4 inch screen in the instrument cluster that will show different info about the current trip as well as a 6 speaker audio system. The higher end models will even offer satellite navigation, a rear view camera as well as leather upholstery. This will basically be a top end Passat inside and a tough pick-up outside.
Specs Of 2015 Volkswagen Amarok
Its exterior will be tough looking, with color matched bumpers as well as aluminum inserts that should protect the soft plastic. On top of that, the 2015 Volkswagen Amarok comes as standard with 17 inch alloy wheels while 18 inch rims are available as an option. Overall look is quite good and most drivers will be satisfied with it but the problem is in the next segment, at least for the U.S. buyers.
Volkswagen Amarok Back
Engine wise, there are two different engine to choose from with a couple of power options each. There is a 2 liter gasoline unit that is capable of developing up to 160 horsepower. This is also the base engine and it is mated to a 6 speed manual as standard. What we would also like to see is the more powerful turbocharged 2.0 liter petrol powerplant that can pump out up to 240 hp and would be much more interesting to the U.S. buyers.
2015 Volkswagen Amarok
The other option is a 2.0 liter diesel engine that can be either turbocharged or twin-turbocharged. In the first case, it develops up to 138 horsepower and 251 lb-ft of torque while the latter option will provide 161 or 177 horsepower and 295 or 310 lb-ft of torque. All these versions come as standard with an eight speed automatic transmission and either rear wheel drive or the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. Towing capacity for all of them is rated at 3000 pounds which is not that much when you take into account the competition.
2015 Volkswagen Amarok Price
Price for the new Amarok is expected to be quite high. The base car will cost around $32,000 while a fully equipped twin turbo diesel will go up to at least $42,000. For the money you will get limousine like comfort and truck like utility but the others offer pretty much the same thing. The market availability is set to start with the first half of 2015.