Volkswagen announces entry-level Amarok Sportline V6, makes savage comments about Mercedes-Benz in the process
Entry to the Volkswagen Amarok V6 owners’ club has become a little easier with Volkswagen confirming that it will be adding a cheaper Volkswagen Amarok Sportline V6. Priced from $55,990, the Sportline joins the Highline and Ultimate in Volkswagen’s Amarok V6 range.
Volkswagen promises plenty of performance, too. The Amarok Sportline V6 is powered by a 3.0 litre turbo diesel V6 that develops 165kW (180kW if you hit the overboost button) and 550Nm of torque. That grunt is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 0-100km/h sprint is completed in a respectable 7.9 seconds – not that it really matters in this segment, but still – and the Amarok Sportline V6 will average just 9.0 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
There are also disc brakes at all four corners, a diff-lock for when you want to go off-road and you can fit a full pallet in the back of the tray. There are parking sensors and a reversing camera so you don’t bump into things, climate control to keep you comfortable and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay to keep you entertained.
A Sportline V6 manual will arrive sometime in 2018.
Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Carlos Santos said: “Amarok V6’s technology derives wholly from within the Volkswagen Group. We have not had to look to Japan for a donor vehicle.
“Amarok remains the only V6 turbo diesel ute on the market, a space it alone will occupy for some time to come.” That is until the Benz X350d arrives, anyway.