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Volkswagen’s workhorse came out six years ago, so naturally time has come to receive a nip and tuck to keep the pickup truck fresh and competitive. Seen here are single cab and double cab prototypes of the Amarok carrying disguise only on the front fascia. The mascara is hiding a new look for the bumper and a redesigned grille.

While the single cab version has halogen headlights, the double cab prototype is fitted with the optional bi-xenon headlights with a strip of LED daytime running lights. Expect the final product to come with slightly different graphics for both types of headlights and there could also be some tweaks to the taillights as well.

Spy images of the interior cabin are not available in this set, but it is believed the 2017 Amarok will get an updated infotainment system with support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Some revisions to the trim and upholstery are likely on the agenda as well, but nothing to write home about.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will likely offer the revised Amarok with the same turbodiesel 140-hp 2.0-liter which can also be had in a beefier 180-hp biturbo configuration. The engine works with a six-speed manual gearbox and an eight-speed automatic transmission linked to a selectable or permanent all-wheel-drive 4MOTION system.

It’s worth mentioning the biturbodiesel delivers 310 pound-feet (420 newton meters) of torque when linked to the automatic, whereas with the manual it’s limited to 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). Even the single-turbo unit has plenty of torque, pushing out 251 lb-ft (340 Nm) from 1,750 rpm. We could see some improvements in these figures on the facelifted Amarok, but nothing is official at this point.

The latest report indicates Volkswagen will introduce the revised Amarok in a few months. Besides the usual competitors like the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 / Triton, and Nissan Navara, the Amarok will have to face another rival in a few years, with Mercedes preparing a Navara-based pickup likely due around 2019.

Gallery: 2017 VW Amarok facelift spy photo

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