Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has released a trio of digital sketches to preview the upcoming Amarok facelift.

Described as being a “premium pickup,” the Amarok has been around for more than six years, so naturally VW is giving it a refresh both inside and out as our spy images have shown. The body is about to receive slightly redesigned front and rear bumpers, along with new graphics for the headlights and taillights. It seems the front grille is also about to go through a minor nip and tuck and we are also expecting to find new alloy wheel designs. The attached teaser sketches depict the double cab version in an orange shade which will likely arrive with the facelift.

We also catch a glimpse of the interior which has gone through more extensive changes. The reconfigured dashboard makes the Amarok look more car-like and as you can see the touchscreen has been repositioned and now sits higher than before. It’s flanked by the air vents which are making the switch from a circular to an angular shape and are adorned with a chrome trim. The buttons and knobs on the center stack have also been reconfigured to further enhance the feeling you’re in a regular car.

VW isn’t saying at this point whether there are any changes underneath the hood, but we are expecting to find the same turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine linked to a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Right now it can be had in a single-turbo, 140-hp version with 251 pound-feet (340 newton meters) of torque and in a stronger biturbo, 180-hp guise with 310 lb-ft / 420 Nm (295 lb-ft / 400 Nm with the manual). The engine and the gearboxes can be hooked up to a selectable or permanent all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system.

A full reveal of the facelifted Amarok is slated to take place in the next few weeks before going on sale in the second half of the year.

Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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