Volkswagen will further expand its SUV portfolio with the introduction of a brand new Amarok-based model. The information was revealed by Motoring, which quotes Carlos Santos, VAG’s Commercial Vehicles director.
“There is some very serious development happening at the moment for an SUV based on Amarok, which will be quite a large passenger vehicle,” he said. “It’s not confirmed yet but it’s been going on since the start of Amarok.”
The off-road wagon will offer room for up to seven passengers and will take on the Toyota Prado and Ford Everest, probably sitting on the top of the German company’s SUV lineup. Details are scarce at the moment, but we won’t be surprised if the new vehicle shares some design cues with the production Teramont SUV, which will go into production in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the end of the 2016.
The Australian magazine also reveals the new SUV will use the V6 diesel engine that was launched with the facelifted Amarok earlier this summer.
“The discussion has been reignited because obviously this V6 engine is able to be sold in the US. The 2.0-liter would never get into the States, but the V6 is the same as the one in the [Porsche] Cayenne and [VW] Touareg and is a well proven engine. We’ve got the volume to justify the investment,” commented Santos.