VW Amarok Aventura: Big bakkie, big V6 diesel

  • Only three-litre V6 turbodiesel in segment
  • Top speed 193km/h from 165kW/550Nm
  • Latest radio/satnav and mobile online services
  • Launch model with power seats, reversing camera

2016/7 VW Amarok Aventura turbodiesel

HERE COMES THE BIG GUY: The 2016/7 VW Amarok Aventura will have a 165kW/550Nm turbodiesel. Image: VW Germany

HANNOVER, Germany – These are the first images of VW’s Amarok Aventura double-cab on the move: a premium B-segment bakkie to be powered by a latest-generation V6 turbodiesel engine.

The cabin, VW says, “lots of new features”. Among them in the launch model’s “attractive” space will be a colour multifunction display with the latest radio/satnav and 14-way adjustable ergoComfort front seats.

VW says the Amarok Aventura, the only truck in its segment with a turbodiesel V6, can reach 193km/h thanks to its 165kW/550 Nm (and 100km/h in 7.9sec) yet is perfectly at home on or off-road.

2016/7 VW Amarok Aventura turbodiesel
COMFORT SEATS FOR OFF-ROADING: VW’S 2016/7 Amarok Aventura turbodiesel bakkie has gone for superior multi-adjustable front seats. Image: VW Germany

The automaker adds: “This is how elegant and comfortable a vehicle can be on either type of surface and, despite its impressive size, getting into it is easy: the doors swing wide and – depending on model – grab handles on the A and B-pillars help with access.”

The seats have contoured bolsters optimised for maximum comfort and top ergonomics, thanks to the electric 14-way adjustment for driver and front passenger.

They’re covered in nappa leather with contrasting stitching and are heatable.

The instrument panel has been reorganised: “Striking design features include an emphasis on horizontal lines and a clear division of the surfaces with precise folds and edges but housing numerous storage compartments.”

The multifunction steering-wheel carries controls for radio, phone and multifunction display.

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The Aventura launch model will have colour 3D display between the classic round instruments… “the driver can use new paddles on the steering column (standard in the Aventura) to control the eight-speed auto transmission”.

A frameless rear-view driving mirror (Light and Sight package optional) is said to heighten “the upmarket look and sporting character of the new Amarok’s interior”.

Directly in the driver’s field of vision is the infotainment system with features such as App Connect, Guide & Inform or CarNet so, for example, it can use smartphone apps via a USB cable to access to the infotainment system’s touchscreen.

2016/7 VW Amarok Aventura turbodiesel
EIGHT=SPEED AUTOBOX, ALL-WHEEL DRIVE: This is the cabin of the upcoming 2016/7 VW Amarok Aventura. The driver can even speak to rear passengers through the rear speakers. Image: VW Germany

Guide & Inform extends the satnav with online traffic information. satnav comes with DAB+ digital radio and there’s voice interface between driver and computer – no need for the driver to turn to face the rear passengers to talk… the driver’s voice is amplified through the rear speakers.

Any Amarok is a big, big vehicle so ‘Park Pilot’ and a reversing camera will make manoeuvring more accurate.

Stainless-steel pedals (exclusive to the Aventura) and black trim, divided from door to door by a bar in a contrasting colour, complete the interior appearance. Aircon, Bluetooth connection and as many as four 12V sockets are included.

..AND THE PRICES IN EUROPE

Prices for the new Amarok in Germany start at €25 720 (about R437 000) (May 2016) for the rear-wheel drive Trendline double cab expected in Europe in the second quarter of 2017 – in Europe that’s about R17 000 more than the current model.

The top-of-the-range Amarok Aventura with the V6 TDI engine, all-wheel drive and eight-speed autobox is due in Europe in September this year (2016)for the equivalent of about R790 000.

Prices in South Africa will be announced nearer to or during the local launch function.

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