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There will be a variety of engine options for the Amarok depending on the market.
Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Is a Small Gem That's Not U.S.-Bound
Some underpinnings are shared with the Ford Ranger, but Volkswagen's new mid-size pickup is destined for customers outside the U.S.
Volkswagen is planning to offer a multitude of powertrain options. A basic rear-wheel-drive version combining a 147-hp 2.0-liter diesel engine and a five-speed manual gearbox will be offered in certain African markets, with a more powerful 167-hp version of the same engine being sold elsewhere with the choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, together with either rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive. Beyond that, a twin-turbocharged diesel will make 200 horsepower and drive though what Volkswagen says is a permanent all-wheel-drive system—although with the ability to disconnect drive to the front for improved economy—while working with either the six-speed auto or a 10-speed auto that is the Ford/GM gearbox. In other countries a slightly more powerful 203-hp version of this engine will get selectable four-wheel drive and the 10-speed gearbox.
Beyond this, Volkswagen will continue to offer the option of its long-serving 3.0-liter V-6 diesel. That's a developed version of the one fitted to the previous-generation Amarok we drove in Europe in 2018. This makes 246 hp and 440 pound-feet of torque and gets the 10-speed auto and AWD as standard. Volkswagen will also offer a gasoline engine in some markets, although non-diesel pickups are still a rarity in Europe. It's seemingly Ford's 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder making 298 hp and 333 pound-feet, and again shipping with the 10-speed and permanent AWD.