When Volkswagen’s Amarok ute launched earlier this year it was heaped with praise and Car and SUV was impressed by its ability on, and off the tarmac. But without an automatic transmission option the Amarok was always going to miss out on some sales in NZ.
Now, VW has announced that the Amarok will be available with an 8-speed automatic transmission from the mid 2012. The new gearbox is expected to be a smooth unit that will assist with overall fuel economy figures for the 1-tonne ute.
The automatic transmission will work with the Amarok’s permanent four-wheel drive and new 132kW/420Nm Twin Turbo TDI engine. Amaroks with the new automatic gearbox will also have an increased towing capacity of 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient).
With the auto box the TDI engine will work even more effectively in every rev range, and 8th gear has been configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed.
The new automatic transmission with its maximum torque of 420 Newton metres offers a top speed of 179 km/h and takes just 8.5 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h. Towing capacity has been increased to 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient).
Grant Doull, Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles NZ is understandably excited about the introduction of the auto transmission for Amarok into NZ; “The launch of Amarok double cab in New Zealand earlier this year has certainly been a great success for our brand. To be able to introduce Kiwi’s to the Amarok, with its class leading safety standards, driver comfort and fuel economy has definitely been a milestone achievement for the Volkswagen brand and the release of the new automatic transmission next year will again lay down a new benchmark for the ute market once again.”
Expect further details on local specifications and NZ pricing to be announced in the coming months.