2011 Volkswagen Amarok

Before you get all excited, or start throwing things, the 2011 Amarok won’t be available in the United States, sorry. Instead, this 1-ton pickup will be available for sale in South America, Australia, and South Africa. Two engines will be available at launch – a 122 HP 4 cylinder TDI, as well as a more powerful 163 HP 2.0 liter TDI. Of course, these aren’t the kind of truck engines we’re used to here in the States, but they’re not out of the ordinary elsewhere in the world.

As for being a truck, well, I have my doubts. The number one thing people want in a truck? Dependability. Second would be gobs of power. Volkswagen doesn’t scream dependability, though the TDI engines in the Amark help ease that reputation somewhat. However, the interior concerns me. It would be more at home in a entry-level luxury sedan. It’s that nice. And that completely out of place in a pickup truck.

Let me put it this way – I wouldn’t want to get into the Amarok if I was dirty. And that concerns me, since this is a pickup truck we’re talking about. But then again, something like 95% of truck buyers don’t do any actual work with their trucks, so I guess it doesn’t make much difference.

Published on December 2, 2009 in Volkswagen

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