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Volkswagen reveals new Amarok pick up based on the Ford Ranger

Amarok has undergone makeover by Volkswagen. The new mid-size pickup vehicle, which will go on sale later this year, is a twin of the updated Ford Ranger shown in November.

Both the redesigned Amarok and Ranger are based on an updated version of the T6 body-on-frame platform. The updated platform made its debut in the modern Ford Bronco.

The new truck is 3.8 inches longer than the previous Amarok, at 210.6 inches, and has a wheelbase that is 6.8 inches longer at 128.7 inches overall. The fording depth has increased from 19.7 inches to 31.5 inches. The pick up will be available in two-door single cab and four-door crew cab body types.

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In addition to having additional technology, the new Amarok has a digital dash with screens up to 12 inches wide for the infotainment hub and instrument cluster.

Other tech features include surround-view cameras, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, LED matrix headlights, adaptive cruise control, and a drive mode selector with choices for Normal, Eco, Slippery, Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut, and Tow/Haul.

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There are five powertrains available, all of which are turbocharged. Only one uses gasoline, and the others use diesel. The gasoline version has a 2.3-liter inline-4 gasoline engine from Ford whose output is 297 horsepower. All of the diesel engines are produced by Volkswagen, and the highest model is a new 3.0-liter V-6 with up to 247 horsepower.

Depending on the market, there will be 5 and 6 speed manual gearboxes available, in addition to 6 and 10 speed automatics . The majority of markets will get the rear-wheel drive variant, however some have the all-wheel drive as standard.

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Volkswagen has confirmed the Amarok will have up to 2,645 pounds of payload and 7,716 pounds of towing capability.

Dennis Mathu
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