Riding on a ladder frame chassis, the Amarok will be offered with full-time all-wheel drive, switchable all-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive.

Volkswagen has officially unveiled the 2010 Amarok pickup.

Looking virtually identical to the concept, the Amarok features bold styling, a modern grille, and distinctive tail lights. Available exclusively in crew cab form (a "single cab" will debut in the first half of 2011), the truck has a bed height of 525mm, a cargo area of 2.52 square meters (1,555mm in length by 1,620mm in width), and a payload capacity of up to 1.15 tonnes. When equipped with the optional hitch, the Amarok can pull trailers that weigh up to 2.8 tonnes.

Riding on a ladder frame chassis, the Amarok will be offered with full-time all-wheel drive, switchable all-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive. The switchable all-wheel drive system uses a positive clutch that is activated via the push of a button. When activated, "the truck can even conquer 100 percent gradients (45 degrees) with full cargo loading." On the other hand, the full-time all-wheel drive system has a torsen differential that "distributes drive forces at a 40:60 ratio to the front and rear axles". Regardless of what setup is selected, all models can be equipped with an optional locking rear differential.

At launch, the Amarok will be offered with a 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 120 kW (163 PS) and 400 Nm of torque. In mid-2010, Volkswagen will introduce another four-cylinder TDI engine that churns out 90 kW (122 PS) and 340 Nm of torque. With all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, the 90 kW (122 PS) TDI engine consumes 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers while CO2 emissions come in at 199 g/km. Likewise, the 2.0-liter TDI averages 7.8 liters per 100 kilometers while emitting 206 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

In terms of equipment, the base Amarok has manual controls (windows, door locks and mirrors), unpainted exterior components (the front bumper, door handles and mirrors), 16-inch steel wheels, height-adjustable front seats, and a folding rear bench. The mid-level Amarok Trendline boasts body color exterior components, a CD stereo system, cruise control, fog lights, 16-inch aluminum wheels and power windows, door locks and mirrors. The range-topping Amarok Highline comes with chrome exterior trim, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a contrasting interior color scheme, a premium sound system and automatic climate control.

Set to go into production at VW's Pacheco plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Amarok will go on sale in South America in early 2010 while the European launch is scheduled for the second half of 2010.

Check out the press release for full details.

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