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Volkswagen Amarok Overview


First launched in South Africa in 2010, the Volkswagen Amarok has reportedly sold around 42 000 units locally and close to a million worldwide over the past 12 years. While the Amarok is the benchmark in our highly competitive bakkie market, most South Africans were initially hostile towards the bakkie.

Despite its rough start in the bakkie category due to the engine size of the 2.0-litre Amarok featured, Volkswagen steered on and was not deterred from its end goal of offering something different to what was on the market. Fast-forward to today, the Amarok is considered a rival to the Hilux and Ranger.

Available with one turbo, the engine delivered 90kW and 340Nm, while the same engine with bi-turbocharging was good for 120kW and 400Nm. Argued to not knowing what they were doing, as many argued that the engine would take a strain when the bakkie is loaded, the model’s common problems were reportedly solved in 2016 when Volkswagen introduced a facelift of this pickup.

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In 2016, the facelift of the Volkswagen Amarok was introduced and the idea of a lifestyle bakkie was born. Apart from a few Japanese brands, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle developed the Amarok, which was exactly that: a pickup that was better at transporting light loads and five people than heavy loads and just two.

The redesigned Volkswagen Amarok was introduced with new LED daytime running lights and the grille was also revised to resemble the ones fitted on the likes of Tiguan and Toureg. With the interior epitomising more of an SUV look than that of a utility vehicle, the Volkswagen started growing on customers. And when the 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine was fitted, even naysayers alike started singing a different tune.

Over the last decade, the Volkswagen Amarok also saw numerous special edition models join the range. Successfully carving a niche in the market and catering to a specific audience who acquire a Volkswagen Amarok for their lifestyle needs. Thus, the VW Amarok is perhaps the best lifestyle bakkie on sale in South Africa today.

The New Volkswagen Amarok Range


The long-awaited Volkswagen Amarok has finally been presented! More robust and smarter, the all-new Volkswagen Amarok is perfectly designed to offer more comfort, showcase ground-breaking technological features, and boast more power.

Making a clear statement for its drivers: All roads are the destination! The new VW Amarok defines the premium segment at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles with its more accentuated, crisper styling and VW-specific interior regarding touch-and-feel equipment. The new model is also being built at the local Ford Silverton plant in Pretoria.

Let’s explore the new Volkswagen Amarok models below…

The Amarok


The all-new Volkswagen Amarok: even the basic version is an off-roader with Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles quality. Fitted with innovative technologies and amplified driving comfort compared to its predecessor, the new VW Amarok is characterised by powerful contours in a completely revamped Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles design.

Selection of the standard equipment includes:

  • LED Headlights
  • Rear View Camera
  • 25.65 cm (10") Infotainment incl. Touch Display
  • Electromechanical Steering
  • Electronic Stabilisation Program
  • Driver/Passenger Airbag, Side and Curtain Airbag

The new VW Amarok is 100% newly designed, has more power, and looks much more elegant than before, continuing its decade-old success story.

The Amarok Life


The new Volkswagen Amarok Life is a reliable companion for anyone who appreciates comfort without sacrificing off-road capabilities. It also features numerous remarkable highlights, such as the new exterior styling package with newly designed styling bars and side steps.

Selection of the standard equipment includes:

  • 17" Alloy Wheels
  • Front bumper, exterior mirrors and handles in body colour
  • LED fog lights
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Multifunctional leather steering wheel
  • Front park distance control
  • Side steps

Boasting a more rugged emphasis in the stance than in the previous models, the new Volkswagen Amarok is additionally fitted with improved dimensions to provide a higher slope angle for amplified off-road capability.

The Amarok Style


For some it's mud splatter, for the Amarok Style it's like a mud mask: whether it's elegantly cruising through the urban environment or spiritedly driving across the countryside, the Amarok Style simply always looks outrageously good. The new VW Amarok showcases functionality and high quality on the inside too.

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It additionally offers a choice of standard equipment:

  • 18" Alloy Wheels
  • Rear Bumper & Steps with Chrome Inlay
  • Styling Bar
  • Keyless Entry and Push Start
  • Active Info Display: TFT/LCD Instrument Cluster
  • 30.48 cm (12") infotainment incl. touch display
  • “Savona” Leather Seats with Front Electric Adjustment
  • New Driver Assistance Systems such as Forward Collision Warning (Front Assist), High-beam Light Assist and Lane Keeping aid/alert

Robust and confident on the outside, the new Amarok impresses with its sophisticated comfort, visible premium character and smart assistance systems.

The Amarok PanAmericana


As the name suggests, the VW Amarok PanAmericana brings strong off-road design to the road. Well-equipped with the entire off-road package which off-road enthusiasts have been waiting for, the new Volkswagen Amarok PanAmericana is highly uncompromising. It is fitted with the black powder-coated styling bar and side steps as well as colour-contrasting exterior mirrors, bumpers and door handles.

Standard equipment selection of the new VW PanAmericana includes:

  • 18" Alloy Wheels, Exclusively in All Black, with All-Terrain Tyres
  • Styling Bar in Accent Colour and Rear Bumper with Accent Colour Applications
  • Silver Roof Rails
  • "IQ.Light" LED Matrix Headlights
  • “Cricket” Leather Seat Covers incl. Heated Seats
  • Navigation System incl. Touch Display with Harman Kardon Premium Sound System
  • Front View Camera/Side View Camera (Area View)
  • Parking and Steering Assistant “Park Assist”

Based on the new Ford Ranger, Volkswagen has implemented its signature design language onto the facades of the new VW Amarok PanAmericana, making it easily recognisable in comparison to its Blue Oval counterpart.

The Amarok Aventura


Sophisticated, confident, powerful: the Amarok Aventura marks the top of the premium segment of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Epitomising the power you need while simultaneously oozing the elegance you want, the new VW Aventura perfectly blends the pickup and premium worlds.

Selection of the standard equipment of the new VW Amarok Aventura includes:

  • 21" alloy wheels
  • Front bumper in X-Design chrome
  • Exterior mirrors and door handles in chrome, rear bumper with chrome applications
  • "IQ.Light" LED matrix headlights
  • Sports bar in body colour
  • Silver roof rails
  • Side steps with chrome inlay
  • “Savona” leather seats with front electric adjustment
  • Navigation system incl. touch display with Harman Kardon premium sound system
  • Front view camera/side view camera (Area View)
  • Parking and steering assistant “Park Assist”

Featuring exclusive accents, light metal and leather, chrome and much more make it an eye-catcher - in the urban environment as well as on the construction site.

Volkswagen Amarok FAQs

Is there a new VW Amarok coming?

Yes, the new Volkswagen Amarok is coming soon. It is also reported that the on- and off-road pickup is being produced proudly in South Africa. Check out the CFAO Motors Volkswagen Commercial website and stay up to date with the latest VW Amarok news.

What are the new VW Amarok variants?

The new Volkswagen Amarok will be launched in five specification variants named VW Amarok, VW Amarok Life, VW Amarok Style, and top-of-the-range models badged VW Amarok PanAmericana as well as VW Amarok Aventura.

How much is the new VW Amarok in South Africa?

R 1 118 200.00 is the recommended selling price of the new Volkswagen Amarok. Click here and visit CFAO Motors Volkswagen Commercial for more information.

Is the new Amarok built by Ford?

The new Volkswagen Amarok is being built at the local Ford Silverton plant in Pretoria, even on the same line as the Ford Ranger.

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Epitomising outdoor championship, the new Volkswagen Amarok stands out with improved off-road capability and V6 power. Well-equipped, the new VW Amarok is the perfect robust and reliable commercial vehicle.

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