Holding hands with the Amarok Dark Label limited edition en route to IAA.

Volkswagen’s posh workhorse will demonstrate its split personality next week at the Frankfurt Motor Show where the Amarok will be exhibited as the Aventura Exclusive concept and the new Dark Label limited edition heading into production.

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Finished in a striking Turmeric Yellow Metallic color borrowed from the Golf facelift and the Arteon flagship, the concept presented in the double cab body style sits on shiny 19-inch wheels and comes with a plethora of chrome accents together with bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. To make it worthy of an auto show, VW has given it more goodies, like the lockable and waterproof cargo bed featuring an aluminum look for the first time. A similar theme has been applied onto the underbody guard, too.

Inside, the Amarok Aventura Exclusive aims to be right up there with the Mercedes X-Class when it comes to premium touches. These include black leather upholstery with yellow stitching, 14-way electrically adjustable seats, rearview camera, leather-wrapped steering wheel, navigation, and a black headliner. The cabin also boasts chrome accents to complement the ones applied on the outside.

But what really makes the concept special is the upgraded turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine, now pushing out a respectable 258 horsepower (190 kilowatts). It represents a bump in output of 34 hp (25 kW) compared to strongest production Amarok you can buy today that has 224 hp (165 kW) most of the time, with an overboost function temporarily increasing power to 245 hp (180 kW). In addition, VW Commercial Vehicles says torque has also increased beyond the road-going model’s maximum 550 Newton-meters (406 pound-feet).

No word just yet about whether the beefier V6 will soon be offered.

2017 VW Amarok Dark Label special edition


As for the Amarok Dark Label, it’s a special edition of the double cab programmed to go on sale next spring in the 163 hp (120 kW) and 204 hp (150 kW) configurations of the same diesel engine. Depending on selection, VW will sell it with a six-speed manual, an eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive, on-demand AWD, and permanent AWD. Pricing will kick off from €33,714 (before taxes) in Germany.

Based on the Comfortline trim, the limited-run model comes with a fancy Indium Grey matte paint combined with dark-colored body accents. Anthracite glossy 18-inch wheels are also part of the deal, and so are the matte black door handles and mirror caps. On the inside, it’s going to have a black headliner and “Dark Label” logos embroidered onto the floor mats.

Beginning with September 12, the two Amaroks will be joined on stage at IAA by the new Polo supermini and the T-Roc crossover.

Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

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IAA: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles shows Amarok Aventura Exclusive Concept and special ‘Dark Label’ model

  • V6 TDI concept vehicle with 190 kW
  • Special Dark Label edition from €33,714 net
  • Choice of 3.0 litre displacement engines

Hannover, 5 September 2017 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is exhibiting two new Amarok models at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. The premium Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept pick-up in Turmeric Yellow Metallic offers a look at the future range-topping 3.0-litre TDI engine. The new Dark Label special edition model, which will be available from spring 2018, is also on view.

The Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept vehicle shows the road ahead for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles pick-ups. Even more horsepower, with even more torque. The concept vehicle with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive offers 190 kW/258 PS as well as increased torque. This ensures ample power for towing and acceleration. The ‘Turmeric Yellow Metallic’ concept car, with its generous double cab and clear design, boasts several highlights, starting with the high-gloss polished 19-inch ‘Milford’ wheels. The side sills, styling bar on the cargo box, front protection grille, exterior mirrors and rear bumper also feature a lot of chrome. Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights add to its sporty appearance. 

Also on display is the roll cover system – a lockable, waterproof cargo bed cover which will be available for the first time in an aluminium design. The underbody guard also features an aluminium look. Technical features such as ParkPilot, rear view camera and a mechanical 100 per cent differential lock assist the driver in the urban jungle as well as off-road. 

Inside, the Amarok Aventura Exclusive concept vehicle boasts sporty accents with black leather, offset with Curcuma Yellow contrast stitching. The concept vehicle format also shows off its excellent 14-way adjustable ergoComfort seats, 3-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles and the Discover Media navigation system. The new black roof liner in the Amarok can be seen for the first time at the IAA in Frankfurt, harmonising extremely well with the titanium black interior. The chrome accents of the exterior continue in the interior, for example with the chrome look decor.

The Amarok Dark Label limited edition is based on the Amarok Comfortline equipment line and is decidedly stylish in ‘Indium Grey matt’. This also includes dark coloured add-ons such as black sill pipes, a styling bar in matt black, lacquered chrome strips in the front grille and the ‘Rawson’ 18-inch alloy wheels in anthracite with high-gloss surface. The Dark Label is aimed at design-oriented individualists who do not wish to sacrifice the advantages of a true off-road vehicle. Matt black door handles and exterior mirrors as well as a Dark Label logo on the lower door sill complete the stylish appearance. Inside, the new black roof liner and floor mats embroidered with the Dark Label logo continue the design theme of the special model. 

Two V6 engine configurations are available for the Amarok Dark Label from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles: a 120 kW TDI with a six-speed manual gearbox and either pure rear-wheel drive or on-demand all-wheel drive, and a 150 kW TDI with a six-speed manual gearbox and on-demand 4MOTION all-wheel drive, or an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive. Available in Germany in spring 2018 starting at €33,714 net. Always with BMT, short for BlueMotion Technology, as standard. This includes a start-stop system, brake energy recuperation as well as tyres optimised for low rolling resistance. All performance levels meet the EU-6 emissions standard. 

With a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres including the mirrors, the Amarok offers everything that could be expected from a traditional pick-up. The loading area of the four-door Amarok with double cab can accommodate a Euro pallet placed sideways and – depending on the trim line – payloads of over one tonne. In addition, some variants of the new Amarok have a towing capacity of up to 3.5 tonnes.