- 2023 Amarok larger than outgoing model, 100mm longer
- New highly digital cabin
- Petrol and diesel engines, but Australian options to be confirmed
It’s been a long time coming, but we can finally get a first look at the new Volkswagen Amarok 2023 — albeit in full camouflage, thanks to a series of new photos released this week.
New details regarding equipment and specifications have also emerged, painting a solid picture of what we’ll see in the market towards the end of 2022 (at the earliest).
Designed and tested in Australia and Germany, based on 2022 Ford Ranger and manufactured in South Africa, the next-generation Amarok is an important vehicle for VW.
With more than 830,000 Amaroks sold so far in Europe, South America, South Africa and parts of Oceania, according to Volkswagen, the key to future success lies in the engineering of solid drive systems, the high load capacities, system functionality and emphasis on off-road suitability.
EXTRA: 2023 Volkswagen Amarok imagined
Using the photos from this story, we asked our brilliant render artist Theottle to create a pair of new images that we believe offer the closest look yet to the next-gen Amarok.
Enjoy it here. The rest of this story continues below.
The 2023 Amarok is bigger than before
The new Amarok is larger than the current model, including a planned longer wheelbase of 3270mm – an increase of 175mm. This means more space in the cabin of the Amarok and a higher payload capacity, now claimed at 1200 kg. The industry benchmark towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes would also be retained.
With a longer wheelbase, the new VW Amarok will have less overhang, providing a better approach and departure angle for better off-road capability. The overall dimensions have also been extended to 5350 mm, which represents a 100mm increase in overall length.
2023 Volkswagen Amarok powertrains
Engine and gearbox options for the Australian market have yet to be confirmed, although Volkswagen has told us there will be a choice of a petrol engine and up to four different diesel engines globally, depending on the market.
This range will consist of four- and six-cylinder engines, ranging in displacement from 2.0 to 3.0 liters. And, again, although not yet announced, it seems safe to assume that Australia will receive a V6 turbo-diesel engine.
New Amarok design, interior and exterior
From the styling front, it’s easy to see that it’s not just a bigger utility, but a bolder design with a traditional VW upright design hood, top bars on the grille and narrow LED headlights that will be standard on all 2022 VW Amaroks.
Lighting upgrades can be completed with what Volkswagen calls “IQ.Light – LED matrix headlights” which would underline the Amarok’s high-tech look.
Regarding the styling inspiration for the new Amarok, Albert Kirzinger, Head of Design at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, says: “For the new generation, we have significantly changed the archetypal design of the Amarok. It is now unambiguously more expressive and once again noticeably more impressive.
“The aerodynamic styling bar – a hoop that straddles the cargo box – serves as an optical extension of the Double Cab in the box, emphasizing the dynamic and strong proportions of the new Amarok body.”
The rear of the Amarok is also a new design, with LED lighting and a wide tailgate embossed with Amarok branding. Speaking of wide, yes you can still fit a full size euro pallet to the side between the wheel arches, with tie down points in the tub to secure bulky loads.
Interior styling and quality should also take a leap beyond the current Amarok model, which has remained largely untouched since its original release in 2010/2011.
Expect some of the tech from the new Ford Ranger (pictured above) to appear in the new Amarok
Safety technology is also enhanced, with more than 30 driver assistance systems, more than 20 of which are brand new additions to the Amarok range.
Much like the new Ranger, the interior will be largely digitally controlled, with a centrally mounted tablet-like infotainment screen that handles most day-to-day vehicle operations and off-road modes.
Comfort has always been a strong point of the Amarok, as such it is said to be further improved with more space inside the cabin, as well as improved seats front and rear. the rear, with VW saying there will be enough space in the back for three adults.
Above: The cabin of the new Ford Ranger
Versions of the Volkswagen Amarok 2023
There will be five trim specifications available in the new Amarok range, starting with the entry-level model dubbed simply ‘Amarok’.
Next in the tree is the “Life”, followed by “Style”, leading to the “PanAmericana” (off-road character) and the “Aventura” (on-road character).
It’s great to see manufacturers offering vehicles with off-road accessories from the factory, as well as more road-focused models so you can choose what best suits your needs at the time of purchase. .
The maximum wheel size spec has also been announced, with offers up to a very hostile off-road 21in (other wheel sizes are yet to be confirmed), but it looks like off-road tires will be offered by the factory, which is a positive sign. Fingers crossed, we’ll still have access to 17-inch wheels—the industry standard for modern off-roaders, we reckon.
Pricing has yet to be announced; we’ll report back and update as more details emerge.