Professional Pickup & 4×4 magazine can confirm that, following widespread reports, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class will be withdrawn from the product line-up by the end of the year. We spoke to senior figures at the German automaker, who explained that the sales never lived up to expectations. Globally, pickup truck sales have been growing year-on-year and […]

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The next-generation Volkswagen Amarok is set to be developed by Ford and enter production in 2022. Professional Pickup & 4×4 spoke to Ford bosses about the new pickup at the Raptor launch in Morocco (May 2019), who confirmed the VW Amarok 2022 is still around three years from the production stage. Background Launched in 2011, […]

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Buying a new pickup truck is set to become a much harder choice from 2019, with a whole host of new vehicles joining the UK market in 2019 and 2020. In this article, we look at the new pickups that are set to hit UK showrooms in the coming years.  SsangYong kicks us off with […]

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The VW Tarok is the new one-tonne pickup to sit in-between the mid-size Amarok and compact Saveiro pickups in South America. Based on VW’s MQB platform, the new pickup is expected to go in to production in 2019; arriving into showrooms in 2020. Volkswagen promises that the Tarok will combine the latest generation of digitally […]

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Volkswagen is testing its brutish 4.0TDi V8 unit (codenamed ‘EA 898’) inside the Amarok, Professional Pickup & 4×4 can reveal. The engine, which also powers the likes of the Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Panamera, was tuned to 416hp and 850Nm. Power struggle Compared to North America, European pickup trucks are very mild when it comes […]

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The VW Amarok towing capacity is limited to just 3.1 tonnes on the 204PS and 258PS engines, and 3.0 tonnes on the 163PS engine. Along with the Fiat Fullback, this is the joint-lowest in the pickup sector with the vast majority now offering the full 3.5 tonnes. VW Amarok towing performance Powered by a brutish […]

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There have been various VW Amarok DPF problems reported to us by readers over the past couple of years, and we encountered this for ourselves during a long-term test. While there hasn’t been an official recall, we understand Volkswagen is currently investigating it due to the high number of early failures. What is the DPF? […]

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The VW Amarok Aventura is available for a second time. The Aventura replaces the Dark Label as the current limited-edition model to sit above the Highline, but it is packed with a lot more extras and – crucially – comes with the spine tingling 258PS/580Nm 3.0TDi V6 engine. At any one time, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles […]

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When the 3.0TDi V6 engines were rolled out 2016, Volkswagen had to introduce AdBlue to the Amarok for the first time in order to meet the stringent Euro-6 emission standard. In this article, we explain what AdBlue is and how it works, how much AdBlue is consumed and how to top it up. Pickup trucks […]

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With the price of diesel soaring 16p per litre over the past 12 months (November 2018), the mileage returns on each tank of fuel is increasingly important. The VW Amarok fuel economy has dropped, inevitably, since upsizing to the 3.0TDi V6 engine according to official figures to between 32.5 and 34.9mpg – but how does […]

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