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Volkswagen Amarok Canyon for Oz

Weekend-warrior version of Volkswagen’s workhorse set for release here by

An adventurous new ‘lifestyle’ version of Amarok ute will become in Australia within two months, can confirm.

Officially, Volkswagen only that the Amarok which was first revealed as a in 2012 before making its debut at last year’s Sao motor show, remains consideration Down Under.

dealer sources have the go-anywhere twin-cab, which be a direct rival for Ford’s Wildtrack flagship, is locked in for release around April.

Two versions of the Amarok Canyon are in Europe and, although unclear exactly what will be offered here, wager that a single variant will command a premium over the high-spec TDI420 Trendline automatic plus on-road costs) which it’s likely to be

Like the standard Amarok twin-cab, the Canyon is available a 132kW 2.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine that 400Nm of torque from when matched with a manual transmission and 420Nm 1750rpm with an eight-speed

Also available in Europe is a TDI engine fitted with a variable-geometry turbo to produce from 1600rpm.

Similarly, as Australia’s regular Amarok there are two distinctly different drivetrain options, although both dubbed 4MOTION.

Fitted to manual models, the one the red ‘4’ in its badge comes with a four-wheel drive system via a coupling, plus low-range gear reduction, which claims allows it to climb 100 per grades at an incline of 45 degrees at payload capacity.


The other system, which mates to the ZF and has a black ‘4’ in its 4MOTION badge, is a 4WD system featuring a Torsen sensing) centre differential distributes drive between the and rear wheels, defaulting to front/rear in normal conditions.

says the latter delivers comfort both on- and off-road, and versions come with an differential lock that automatic brake intervention to rear-end traction on slippery A mechanical rear diff is also available.

But that’s where the differences end the standard Amarok and the Canyon, 70 per cent of which will to Australia with the hero trademark colour scheme: orange’ paint with elements.

The Amarok is further by smoked tail-light lenses, under-bumper panels, contrasting wheel-arches liners, black bars, black side-sill bars, a black rear black door-handles and two-tone side decals with lettering.

Optional external for Europe’s Canyon include a of hard tonneau covers, a “roll cover”, a four-beam lighting bar and 18-inch wheels road tyres – instead of the ‘Roca’ 17-inch standard with 245/70 R17 all-terrain

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Inside, there are matt highlights for the dashboard fascia and part-leather seat trims ‘moonrock’ surfaces and ‘anthracite’ panels and head restraints. An finish is also applied to the of the seats, the three-spoke leather-clad wheel and the gearshifter, as well as the and seatbelts.

Standard equipment improve on that of the Highline and extend to a six-speaker RNS 510 radio-navigation climate-control, parking sensors and a camera.

As in all versions of the Amarok, comes with a five-star rating, the Canyon comes with twin front and head/thorax airbags, traction/stability front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable head restraints and three-point seatbelts. Like all 4x4s, there’s also an braking system with mode and hill descent

The Canyon’s 1555mm long, wide cargo tray unchanged, offering the same square metres of load cargo anchors in each and 889kg payload.

Alas, is no sign of the Canyon show 40mm suspension lift kit combined with its massively tyres, gave it an 85mm height increase. Thankfully, nor do its deployed side steps the production model.

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Published. 18 February 2014

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