New 8 speed Auto and Super Single Cab Released
After causing a significant shake up in the ute market with the launch of Amarok in early 2011, Volkswagen is now set to turn up the heat again with an extended model offering, as the Double Cab Automatic and Super Single Cab variants enter the New Zealand market this week.
- The NZ Amarok range now incorporates Double Cab Automatic and Super Single Cab Manual
- Amarok Double Cab with 8 speed automatic gearbox combines high levels of off-road ability with optimal driver and passenger comfort
- Amarok Super Single Cab provides the “best of both worlds”
In many respects the Amarok has already set new standards in its class, however Volkswagen have now laid claim to another first; an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission that combines excellent ride comfort with great off-road capabilities and unrivalled fuel economy values. The Amarok will again set the benchmark in the 1-tonne Ute market.
This automatic transmission is combined with permanent four-wheel drive with the new 132kW / 420Nm Twin Turbo TDI engine and produces exceptional driving performance and a relaxed ride – even when towing or with a heavy payload. The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear and towing capacity is 3,000kg (up to 12% gradient).
The additional gear levels enable it to achieve a broader gear ratio spread between the 1st and 8th gears compared to a conventional automatic transmission, leading to some very positive effects: thanks to this greater spread the TDI engine works even more effectively in every rev range, and it is more fuel-efficient and agile. Consumption of just 8.3 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 219 g/km set this Amarok apart in the 1-tonne Ute market. Moreover, 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. Like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is thus also highly capable in all-terrain use without any need for additional reduction gearing.
The Amarok Super Single Cab features a load bed that has been extended to 2,205mm with the same vehicle length and wheelbase as compared with the four-door double cab. The load bed, which is 65 cm longer than that of the double cab, can easily accommodate two standard sized pallets crosswise, one behind the other, leaving another 60 cm of bed length available. With an unchanged loading width of 1.22 metres between the wheel housings, it provides a loading area of 3.57 m2.
Single cab pickups are considered to be the classic “workhorse” for the tough conditions in industry, construction and agriculture. The size of the load bed is what counts in these fields. The Amarok Super Single Cab combines the best of both worlds; ample load area while also ensuring the vehicle’s occupants has enough room. It is longer than the competitors’ models so that valuable items can also be easily stowed behind both seats, with plenty of room left over to find the optimal seat position. Fuel consumption in the Amarok Super Single Cab is extremely low: from only 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which is equal to a CO2 output of 195 g/km.
New Zealand will see the Amarok Double Cab Automatic launch in Highline spec level, including chrome accents and rear bumper, 17” alloys with flared arches, leather multi-function steering wheel and bluetooth connectivity. Amarok Super Single Cab customers will be able to choose between the rear wheel drive 90kW / 340Nm 2.0-litre TDI model or the 4Motion four-wheel-drive model with the 120kW / 400Nm 2.0-litre Twin Turbo TDI engine – both in connection with a six-speed manual gearbox. The same high level of safety equipment carry down from the current Amarok model line-up, with the new variants also featuring ESP as standard, as well as front airbags for driver and front passenger as well as head/thorax airbags.
Grant Doull, General Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles NZ is understandably excited about the introduction of these new models into NZ; “Looking back, the initial launch of Amarok Double Cab in New Zealand in early 2011 has certainly been a great success for our brand. As we continue to see the cross-over of typical SUV type buyers opting to have a dual use Utility like the Amarok as their vehicle of choice, we see some terrific potential for our new 8 speed Amarok automatic. We are more than confident the unrivalled ride comfort and smooth transmission will help to quickly establish the Amarok Automatic in the NZ marketplace”.
“Driver comfort, safety, fuel economy, loading capabilities and in-cabin storage solutions are key attributes we believe the Super Single Cab can offer the user, when considering the hard working industries this type of model typically finds a home. The introduction of this additional variant also allows us to offer such a truly comprehensive model range in the NZ market; Amarok Super Single and Amarok Double Cabs, along with our Commercial van range; Caddy, Transporter and Crafter. The release of the new Double Cab Automatic transmission and Super Single Cab will again lay down a new benchmark for the Ute market and reinforce the evolving impact Volkswagen is having on the landscape of the New Zealand motor industry. We believe the Amarok is a game changer; not only as it re-defines existing Ute standards but it also means that now more than ever, Volkswagen has a car for every Kiwi”.
New Zealand Amarok Pricing
2WD TDI Amarok Super Single Cab – $41,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Super Single Cab – $49,990
2WD TDI Amarok Double Cab – $43,990
2WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline $49,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab – $56,500
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline – $61,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline Auto – $64,990