Welcome to the Volkswagen Amarok 2018 homepage, where you can find all the latest news and reviews on the Volkswagen pickup. The Volkswagen Amarok is one of the most expensive pickups, but is extremely comfortable and offers the largest load area of any double cab.
5th in the 2017 Pickup Truck Reliability Survey
6th in the 2017 Best Selling Pickup Trucks UK
Introduced: 2011 (latest update 2016)
Built: Hannover, Germany
Trim levels: Startline, Trendline and Highline (plus various special editions)
Variants: Double cab
Warranty: 3 years, 100,000 miles
Volkswagen Amarok 2018 reviews
Volkswagen Amarok 2018 technical information
Payload range: 1,099kg to 1,282kg
Towing capacity: 3.1 tonnes
Load bed length: 1,555mm
Load bed width: 1,620mm
Engine: Audi 2,967cc CR V6 engine
Performance: 161hp/450Nm, 201hp/500Nm, 254hp/580Nm
Transmission: 6 speed manual or 8 speed automatic
Volkswagen can trace its roots in this sector to the Type 2 Pickup of 1952, which was based on the world-famous ‘Splitscreen’. The German company continued to offer pickup variants of its Transporter vans for many years, but developed its first dedicated pickup in 1978; the Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup for American audiences.
However, it wasn’t until 1989 that Volkswagen offered its first one-tonne pickup with a 4WD system. The Volkswagen Taro was a badge-engineered Toyota Hilux and some variants were built at VW’s factory in Hanover but sales were poor and the partnership come to an end in 1997.
For over a decade, Volkswagen was without a one-tonne pickup, which left a huge hole in its otherwise successful vehicle portfolio. In the mid-2000’s, VW realised it could no longer ignore the pickup market if it was to challenge Toyota for global dominance in the automotive industry and work began on developing its very own pickup.
The ‘Search and Rescue Pickup’ concept made its debut at the IAA Show in 2009 and – with the ‘Amarok’ name – finally entered Volkswagen Van Centre dealerships in 2011. In 2016, the Amarok experienced its first update, which included new technology and a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 engine.