’22 Volkswagen Amarok Pickup is the cousin of Ford Ranger
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY — The second-generation Volkswagen Amarok will adopt a bold new look and reach a length of 210.6 inches. (5,349 mm) in SuperCab version, reveals an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of WardsAuto at the German manufacturer’s headquarters.
The new look and larger dimensions, however, are just a sliver of the array of tweaks and under-the-metal changes to the ’22 model, seen here in prototype form ahead of an expected June unveiling.
Marketed in markets in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, the Amarok was developed under a “Global Alliance” between the division Commercial vehicles from VW and Ford. Its chassis, suspension, transmissions and gearboxes as well as key elements of its bodywork, interior, electrical architecture and digital functions are shared with the fourth-generation Ford Ranger introduced in 2021.
Both are based on the same T6 ladder frame chassis – a box-section steel structure designed by Ford but modified with input from VW, according to Lars Krause, VW Commercial Vehicles board member responsible for marketing. .
“The Amarok is a much better pickup than if Volkswagen did it alone,” he says. “The same goes for Ford. Without our contribution, the Ranger would not be so good. The partnership allowed us to pool our individual strengths.
With more than 830,000 Amarok sales to date, Krause says VW expects big things from the new model.
VW does not discuss possible sales in North America. However, a trademark for the Amarok name was filed in the United States in 2018.
To avoid the 25% tariff that applies to imported trucks, it would have to be manufactured in a North American factory. With the new Ranger to be produced at Ford’s Michigan assembly plant, this is a distinct possibility given that other markets will initially receive the Amarok from a Ford plant in South Africa.
As with the first generation model introduced in 2010, the new Amarok will be offered in 2-door single and 4-door double cab bodies.
The bolder styling gives the little pickup a more confident look than before. Taking inspiration from the look previewed by the Atlas Tanoak concept ute revealed at the 2018 New York Auto Show, it was designed in a studio based at Ford Australia’s headquarters in Broadmeadows, Victoria.
It builds on the design lineage of the first generation Amarok (picture below)adopting a bolder styled front end with a higher leading edge and a more prominent grille.
Despite sharing structural hard points with the Ranger, the new Amarok gets its own uniquely styled bonnet, LED headlights (optional with Volkswagen’s IQ Light functionality and matrix properties), front fenders and claddings. exterior doors.
Common exterior elements include the windshield, roof, side windows, rear window, mirrors and door handles – the latter being shared with the Ford F-150.
The loading surface is sized to allow a Euro pallet to be loaded sideways and secured in place using lashing rings integrated into the loading surface. An electric roller shutter will be offered as an option.
On the sides, the rear wheel arches are more pronounced than before. There are new LED taillights and a new-look tailgate with the Amarok name stamped into the metal. The wheels extend from a standard 17-inch. up to 21 inches. in diameter.
With a 3.8 inch. (97mm) length increase to 210.6 inches. (5,349 mm), the height of the new Amarok has been lengthened by 0.1 in (2.5 mm) to 74.0 in. (1,880 mm) as a crew cab. The width decreases by 1.3 inches. (33 mm) to 75.2 inches. (1,910mm).
It also gets a 4.9 inch. (125 mm) wheelbase longer than before at 126.8 inches. (3,221 mm) in Double Cab body style. This change provides for shorter front and rear overhangs, and with them claimed improvements in approach and departure angles.
The engine range mirrors that of the Ranger. Included are four turbocharged diesel engines in both 2.0L 4-cyl. and 3.0L V-6 forms, ranging in power from 168 hp to 237 hp. A 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. the gasoline unit produces 298 hp.
Buyers will have the choice between standard rear-wheel drive and two different all-wheel-drive systems depending on the engine, the automaker says.
VW says the Amarok’s payload has increased to 2,645 pounds. (1200kg). A towing capacity of up to 7,716 lbs. (3,500 kg) is now achieved across a wider range of models, while roof cargo capacity is increased to a maximum of 772 lbs. (350kg). The wading depth has also been improved in line with that of the Ford.
Although the Ranger is sold with the option of a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain, there are no plans to offer it with the Amarok. However, VW is conducting engineering studies to equip the VW pickup with an electric transmission.
The interior is similar in architecture to the Ford, but gets typical VW touches, including its own multifunction steering wheel, upholstered seats, unique controls and trim.
Digital display graphics for instruments (standard at 8 ins. [20 cm]) and infotainment system (standard at 10.1 ins. [26 cm) and optional at 12.0 ins. [30 cm]) are unique to the Amarok but feature the Ford-developed SYNC4 operating system used by the Ranger.
The 2023 model year Amarok gets up to 30 driver assistance systems, more than 20 of which are supposed to be all-new. The over-the-air functionality will allow for software upgrades of various systems.
The new Amarok is supported by a double wishbone suspension up front and a beam axle with leaf springs at the rear – essentially the same setup used by the Ranger. As on the old Amarok, the rear shocks are mounted outboard.
Initial production will take place alongside the Ranger at Ford’s Silverton plant in Pretoria, South Africa. The first-generation Amarok, meanwhile, will continue to be produced at VW’s General Pacheco plant in Argentina for sale in select South American markets.