Volkswagen is serious about the appearance on the pickup truck segment. We could see the preview of the Atlas Tanoak concept, but it seems like the production version will be the 2020 VW Amarok. This truck is already gaining popularity in other areas, especially in Europe and Australia. Still, to get to the major stage, Amarok needs a lot of upgrades and tests. First of all, Volkswagen can’t get to the US with a diesel engine, although many truckers would like to see that. On the other hand, the German carmaker must make a stunning move if it wants to be competitive with leaders in this class.
The mid-size truck market revived in 2019. For a long time, we didn’t have such competition. The arrival of Jeep Gladiator and Ford Ranger drew a lot of attention and made other companies think about a similar move. The 2020 VW Amarok is on the verge to become a reality. Some experts say that other carmakers will also consider adding a truck to its lineup since the mid-size segment overshadowed some tiers of SUV class.
2020 VW Amarok Possible Engines
The largest SUV in the family, Volkswagen Atlas, is using a pair of drivetrains that could perfectly fit the new truck. As the base option, we would see a four-cylinder. Although turbocharged, it can serve for the base needs. Still, a 2.0-liter unit returns respectable outputs – 235 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. For example, Chevy Colorado uses a 2.5-liter engine that creates 200 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque.
On the other hand, outputs of the V6 unit will be similar. The 2020 Volkswagen Amarok will get a 3.6-liter engine that provides 275 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. The company could downtune these numbers to maximize towing capacity. Engineers must aim 7,000 pounds. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, while the new Amarok truck will take advantage of the VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive.
V8 is not So Likely
The 2020 VW Amarok V8 is not happening. Why? The truck will belong to the mid-size segment and there is no other model using such drivetrain. Jeep Gladiator is using a turbodiesel V6 from Ram 1500 full-size truck, and most experts think it is not a drivetrain for the mid-size class. The same story goes for the Amarok V8. In the case that company launches Atlas Tanoak as the rival for Chevy Colorado and Ford Ranger, the Volkswagen Amarok could become a half-ton truck with a V8 engine.
What Will Amarok Look Like?
The 2020 VW Amarok USA edition will carry the same chassis as its versions from Europe and Australia. Single and Dual cab configurations will definitely be available. The bed is 61 inches long. In some parts of the world, Amarok is available with an extended bed. In this case, the truck will gain around 13 inches. The truck has 7.6 inches of ground clearance, making it capable for some off-road duties. Toyota Tacoma offers nearly 2 inches more, while Chevrolet Colorado sits 8 inches above the surface.
2020 VW Amarok Release Date and Price
The cost of the entry-level truck will have to match the competition’s offers. Well, Atlas SUV with a turbo-four engine comes with a starting price above $30,000. With a V6 engine, the 2020 VW Amarok will have a similar value. However, a four-pot unit must settle around $25,000. The new truck will be announced next year, probably at Chicago Auto Show. Then we will see if the Amarok is definitely heading to the USA, or the mid-size truck by VW for this part of the world is going to be Atlas Tanoak.