Volkswagen teases very different looking Amarok bakkie for 2022

German carmaker Volkswagen has teased its next-generation Amarok pickup, which will be built at Ford’s Silverton Assembly Plant in South Africa, alongside the Ranger in 2022.

VW revealed several new sketches of its third-generation Amarok on Wednesday, suggesting a vastly different design from the current Amarok on South Africa’s roads.

“Developed by teams in Australia and Europe, the premium pick-up is being produced in future in South Africa. In 2022, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ new Amarok will make its début and be available then to order in the first few markets,” it said in a statement.

It said that the new Amarok not only has a completely new appearance inside and out, “but in future also has even more extensive equipment on board, which is useful not only when being utilised as work tools”.

“The Amarok makes possible what in many places appears impossible at first sight: it makes things easier for its users by assisting them in their work and everyday lives,” said Dr Lars Krause, Brand Board of Management member for Sales and Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“That’s because the Amarok provides solutions that enable our customers to achieve their goals – especially when things get difficult.”

Now in its third generation, the new vehicle has significantly more driver-assist systems and knows how to impress customers in terms of connectivity. The Amarok will from 2022 thus be featuring innovations that have not been seen before in this segment, VW said. “And it will still, of course, not be deterred by any rough terrain.”

“The striking front, and above all the defining X design clearly distinguish the new Amarok and emphasise its claim to be leading the way”,” said Albert-Johann Kirzinger, head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“We’ve given the strength and power of the new Amarok an unambiguous expression–with clear Volkswagen DNA, inside and out.” This shows the confidence of the model, which impresses visually with a puffed-out chest and which supports the men and women making the future.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Amarok has been in series production since 2010. The premium pick-up used to be made in Hannover and will continue to be built in Pacheco in Argentina. The newest version will also be built going forward in the South African city of Silverton.

In February, Ford announced a total investment of $1.05 billion in South Africa to support the production of next-generation versions of its Ranger and the Amarok from 2022.

Over the last decade,

VW said that in excess of 800,000 vehicles have been sold globally over the last decade. In South Africa, the Amarok is sold in two variants:

  • Double Cab Highline – From R738,800
  • Double Cab Extreme – From R1,042,290


Read: Ford reveals new, and very different looking Ranger

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Volkswagen teases very different looking Amarok bakkie for 2022