Showcasing a bold new look and some refined engines, the Amarok is looking to deliver just the same kind of all-rounder ability as its predecessor.

But what does it have to offer and what do you need to know about it? Let’s take a look.

2023 Amarok Aventura 1

It’ll be available with three engine options

The turbocharged V6 diesel of the old Amarok was always a bit of a show-stopper, providing performance that could scare off many a ‘regular’ car. The new version gets more variety in the engine department, with a choice of two 2.0-litre units- with 168bhp or 202bhp - available off the bat.

There’s also a punchy 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit for drivers who want a little more punch, with its 237bhp providing decent performance.

There’s plenty of standard equipment

The Amarok comes equipped with plenty of bells and whistles regardless of which spec you opt for. Entry-level Life versions get 17-inch alloys, for instance, as well as LED headlights and a 10-inch touchscreen.

Above this is Style trim which adds 18-inch alloy wheels, a larger 12-inch touchscreen and a 360-degree sound system. At the top of the range sits the Aventura, which gets distinctive 21-inch alloy wheels, plenty of chrome styling and leather upholstery.

2023 Amarok Aventura interior
2023 Amarok Aventura new interior display

It’s got some of Volkswagen’s latest technology

As you might expect from a flagship pick-up, the Amarok has some really cool technology on board. You get Volkswagen’s full Virtual Cockpit setup, which replaces the conventional dials with screens that can be configured to show all kinds of key information.

Plus, there’s a large central screen which is where you’ll be able to access all of the primary features that you need on a day-to-day basis, such as navigation and media functions.

It’s got all of the pick-up requirements sorted

You can have all of the bells and whistles you want, but if a pick-up can’t tow or carry much then it’s never going to cut the mustard. Thankfully, the Amarok gets all of the ‘routine’’ pick-up boxes ticked, so it can be relied upon for those drivers who need a reliable workhorse too.

It can accept a payload of 1.9 tonnes, while it’s also capable of towing up to 3.5 tonnes. If you’re after a more spacious option, Volkswagen will also be offering the Amarok as a single cab model with a longer load bed.

2023 Amarok Aventura rear

An off-road-focused Panamericana version is available

For those who want a more extreme off-roader, then there’s the new Panamericana version. It’s got model-specific 18-inch light alloy wheels with chunky all-terrain tyres, as well as leather seat upholstery and an upgraded 12-inch touchscreen.

Outside, there’s also a distinctive powder-coated black styling bar and steps, as well as LED taillights and exterior mirrors which are finished in a contrasting colour. Also, versions get special Panamericana badging on the flanks, too.



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