Pictured: A rendering of how the next-gen Amarok could look.

 

A Volkswagen executive in Australia has all but confirmed the next-generation Amarok will be offered with a V6 engine option, though stopped short of revealing exactly which one.

Nick Reid, Volkswagen Australia’s commercial vehicle product manager, hinted to motoring.com.au the second-generation bakkie – which will be built by Ford alongside the new Ranger, including at Silverton in South Africa – would again feature six-cylinder power.

“Whatever engine it ends up with it’ll be awesome, but we can’t really comment on that right now,” Reid told the publication.

When asked directly whether VW hoped to continue offering a V6 option in the second generation, Reid was a bit more forthcoming.

“Absolutely, yeah. It’s been a huge success for this model since we launched the V6 at the end of 2016, so it’s hugely important to us,” he told motoring.com.au.

Pictured: A futuristic rendering of how the next-gen Amarok could look.

The current Amarok employs a 3,0-litre turbodiesel V6 making 190 kW (or 200 kW on overboost) and 580 N.m in high-output form. However, this unit is not expected to be used in the upcoming Ford-developed model.

In fact, the Australian publication says it “understands” the new Amarok will use Ford’s 3,0-litre turbodiesel V6 (the “Power Stroke” motor), which generates 186 kW and 597 N.m in the F-150 and is widely expected to be offered in the next-gen Ranger Raptor, too. A separate report from 2020 furthermore suggested the new Amarok would be available with the Blue Oval brand’s 2,0-litre, four-cylinder bi-turbodiesel engine.

Source: carmag.co.za

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