A year after it first revealed sketches of the next-generation Amarok pickup, Volkswagen has teased us once again with another sketch of the 2022 model that’s much the same as the previous one.
Significant changes from the original teaser include essential items such as door handles and sensibly-sized wheels. The grille treatment has been refined, echoing the latest design on the front of the Tiguan and Touareg SUVs.
Squared-off wheel arches add a sense of strength, while the bonnet line has been revised. A crease now extends from the trailing edge of the headlights, adding a little character to the profile. Roof bars and an LED light bar suggest that custom accessories will be available.
The image has clearly been flipped, with the All-Terrain lettering on the tyres and 4Motion badging on the load box being reversed.
Built as part of a joint venture with Ford, the new Amarok will be built in the same factory as the next-generation Ranger, sharing much of its mechanical underpinnings. A £770 million investment in the Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa is expected to increase production capacity to 200,000 vehicles a year, split between the Ford Ranger and Volkswagen Amarok.
Whilst it’s currently unknown which engines will be fitted to the Amarok, the previous model found great success with the 3.0-litre V6 unit. However, Ford’s push for electrified powerplants means that a plug-in hybrid option can’t be ruled out.
When imports to the UK start in 2022, it’s unlikely that we’ll be offered the single cab or extended chassis option that some overseas territories receive now, with the Volkswagen Amarok being firmly positioned as a premium rather than a purely functional vehicle.