In Dubai last year we have the opportunity to look at the 2012 Volkswagen Amarok.It is a mid size truck by Volkswagen and is available with either a 158 HP 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine with 300 Nm of torque or a 121 HP 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 340 Nm, mated to a manual gearbox and optional four-wheel-drive. A 177 HP version of the same turbodiesel with 420 Nm of torque might also be offered, with an eight speed automatic borrowed from the Touareg SUV.The 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing.
Volkswagen describes the Amarok as a full-fledged five-seater, although the rear row can be converted to extra internal cargo space by folding up the rear seats and backrest.
The rear cargo space of the dual-cab Amarok – the only bodystyle available for now – measures 1555mm long and 1620mm wide, yielding a load area of 2.52 metres squared.It also offers a load space height of 780mm, while space between the rear wheel wells is 1222mm.
The availability of features such as alloy wheels, CD stereo with USB port, Bluetooth and power windows make it appealing for leisure use as well.