More power and towing capacity for Volkswagen Amarok

Volkswagen has increased the power of the range-topping diesel Amarok pick-up, raising performance and towing capability in the process.

Volkswagen has increased the power of the range-topping diesel Amarok pick-up, raising performance and towing capability in the process.

The 161bhp BiTDI engine has been upgraded to 177bhp, and with it comes a towing limit increase from 2,800kg to 3,000kg for manual models. A new eight-speed automatic gearbox has also been introduced, which raises towing capacity still further, up to 3,200kg.

Complete with BlueMotion technology, the new Amarok belies its extra power with a 3.9% efficiency boost. In manual guise it’s now capable of 37.2mpg compared to the 35.8mpg of its predecessor, along with 199g/km of CO2 - down from 209g/km.

The automatic version gains an extra 15lb.ft of torque to partially counter the losses incurred in the transmission. It records 35.3mpg and 211g/km; the same as a non-BlueMotion manual model.

More equipment has also been added to coincide with the upgraded model’s shift in production base to Volkswagen’s Hanover factory, which also builds the Transporter. Buyers will be able to benefit from Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, heated washer jets, tachograph preparation, cornering fog lights and 19-inch alloy wheels.

Three trim lines, Startline, Trendline and Highline will be available, with the auto version coming only in Highline spec. The automatic is also coupled to permanent 4Motion four-wheel-drive only. Manual models have a switchable system.

The new, higher-powered diesel will be available from £19,795 plus VAT, with modest financial jumps between trim levels. If budget is a prime concern there is a more basic 120bhp 2.0-litre diesel available in entry-level Startline trim for £18,795.

Hanover-built Amaroks are beginning to arrive in dealerships now.