Although earlier reports informed that VW doesn’t have the intention to be part of the mid-size truck segment in the US, the most recent information tells differently. Leaking stories are there to confirm the arrival of Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck. There are few things showing we can expect the vehicle pretty soon. But, the German carmaker was already in the similar situation, but Amarok didn’t become production model.
Once again, for the third time, VW handled a request to make Amarok their brand. They did it twice before and each time license expired. However, Volkswagen renewed it again. But, the situation is different now. Chiefs in the company are more determined than ever to launch the truck in the US. Mid-size segment is currently the fastest-growing class and VW wants to take advantage of it.
Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck Based on the Atlas Concept
The US market is pretty specific. Although it will carry the same name as its overseas sibling, the Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck for North America will get a unique platform. Experts believe that Atlas concept could be turned into a truck. Amarok already has a good heritage behind it. The truck is relatively new, but it managed to achieve success in Europe and South America. Now, it is time for the major step, but using the Atlas platform.
Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck Could be a Diesel
The current version of the VW Amarok is using a 2.0-liter TDI engine. However, this unit will hardly meet demands of the US market for many reasons. First of all, it is not powerful enough. Second, its emissions can’t meet requirements.
However, we could see some Volkswagen concepts carrying 3.0-liter V-6 diesel powertrain. This one could be a good choice. It is bigger and it can create more power. The output of 220 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque would be enough. Furthermore, experts predict an 8-speed transmission for a smoother ride.
VW to Make Partnership for Amarok Pickup Truck
Mazda and Toyota are collaborating in the US. This partnership brought a lot of goods to both companies. So, in German company bosses think the same method could help them. We can assume that possible partner is FCA. Besides a kick-start, there are other advantages of this move. The most important is VW will avoid Chicken Tax for importing a mid-size truck. That will make Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck cheaper, and with it, more interesting to enthusiasts.
Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck Release Date
It is hard to predict when the Volkswagen Amarok Pickup Truck could hit salons. We could see some concepts and Atlas platform, but building a different kind of vehicle on it is not so simple. The company will definitely speed up the entire process. This idea could turn into production during 2019 as the model for that season or 2020. All in all, there is a lot of interest in it, especially since BMW and Mercedes-Benz are preparing their trucks. So, after domestic and Japanese companies, German brands will be the next force in this segment. As leaders in other classes, fans can be sure that VW, BMW, and Mercedes won’t fail, whenever they appear in US truck market.