Having conquered the highway with the Amarok W580 ute, Volkswagen Australia and Walkinshaw are planning to go bush-bashing.
Volkswagen has confirmed it’s near locking in manufacturing of a more durable tackle the Amarok in partnership with Melbourne-based producer Walkinshaw.
“We’re fairly eager to get [an off-road version] to market,” Nick Reid, Volkswagen Group Australia nationwide advertising and product supervisor, instructed CarExpert.
“We’ve nonetheless acquired slightly bit of labor to do to get it over the road, however we’re fairly assured we should always be capable of try this.”
The more durable Volkswagen Amarok is at the moment anticipated to launch within the first quarter of 2022.
The off-road mannequin will sit alongside the W580 relatively than changing it. Volkswagen and Walkinshaw plan to promote their new ‘grand-touring’ ute via 2021 and 2022, and are focusing on round 2000 gross sales.
The place the W580 is designed to enhance the Amarok on-road, the subsequent particular will goal passionate off-roaders – significantly in Queensland, the place Volkswagen sellers are crying out for a Ford Ranger Raptor rival.
A few of the visible adjustments utilized to the W580 are prone to carry over, however the off-roader is ready to characteristic a “completely totally different method to the suspension”.
Don’t count on to see any adjustments to the turbo-diesel V6, which is already essentially the most highly effective engine supplied in a dual-cab ute for Australia.
The Walkinshaw W580 and its rugged cousin will probably be joined by a variety of distinctive Amarok variants as the present mannequin approaches retirement, possible late in 2022 or early 2023.
“We’ve nonetheless acquired a good period of time to go together with the prevailing automobile, so we now have some methods up our sleeve to maintain it contemporary,” Mr Reid instructed CarExpert.
Regardless of its superior age, the Amarok is promoting strongly in 2021.
It’s at the moment the best-selling Volkswagen in Australia, with 1944 gross sales (up 22.4 per cent) to the tip of March placing it forward of the T-Cross (1712 gross sales) and Tiguan Allspace (1370 gross sales) on the charts.
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