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
Gallery: 2016 Volkswagen Amarok facelift teaser
Hannover, 21 April 2016 – First sketches of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles design show where the journey is heading: the Volkswagen Amarok stands for premium performance in the pick-up B segment. A pick-up that drives as precisely as a passenger car and yet also has full off-road capability.
A more athletic front and a modified instrument panel emphasise the powerful Amarok look. They give the vehicle a more premium feel. With a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres (mirrors included), the Amarok fulfils all that is expected of a classic pick-up in both style and concept. The wheel rim sizes of the Amarok's different equipment levels are considerably increased and strengthen the appearance of the power athlete.
Striking features of the design and of the new commercial vehicles instrument panel architecture include the stressing of horizontal lines, the clear division of the surface areas and the precision achieved in the folds and edges. New here is the way in which the the front section is divided. Rejecting round contours and concentrating on horizontal and vertical lines makes the front and interior appear more striking and pronounced. They make the Amarok more attractive as a pick-up and also appeal to customer groups that until now have shopped in the classic SUV segment.
Details are being published in the next few weeks.