Volkswagen has confirmed that the Amarok Canyon V6 will be released in Australia late this year and while our contact says it’s too early to reveal the exact specs, we can take a reasonable guess based on the recently released European version of the same vehicle.
We can expect the Amarok Canyon to sit below the current Highline and Ultimate V6 models, and most likely feature a detuned version of the current 165kW/550Nm 3.0-litre V6. If we shadow Europe then it’ll have 150kW and 500Nm. There is a rumoured 120kW version of the same V6 being made available, but that doesn’t really ‘fit’ when the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel Amarok makes 132kW.
The Euro spec Canyon is equipped with 17″ ‘Aragua’ alloys – a size down from the ‘normal’ 18″ to 19″ wheels – that are fitted with heavier duty tyres.
Buyers can also choose between either an 8-speed automatic with permanent all-wheel-drive or a 6-speed manual with part-time four-wheel-drive via a low-range transfer case.
The rest of the European Canyon exterior extras include garnish in the form of an impact resistant bed-liner, black wheel arch-mouldings, darkened tail lights and matt black sports bar, sill tubes (we don’t know how solid these are) and B-pillar. There’s even a set of four spotties mounted at the rear of the roof, which we are guessing will have a hard time with Aussie ADRs.
Inside the Euro spec Canyon is a unique seat trim with orange and black cloth, black leather bolsters and contrasting orange stitching, a theme that extends to the steering wheel and gearshift boot.
There will be a few news outlets that refer to the Amarok Canyon as “off-road focused”, and granted, the smaller wheels and option of a low-range transfer case do add some credence to this claim but in Euro spec it’s struggling to be more than just another spiffed-up Rok.
What we need is a version of the Amarok Canyon built for Australia. Ditch the roof mounted spotties, bedliner and ‘sill tubes’ and swap in a quality 50mm suspension lift, rock-sliders for sill protection and some beefed up underbody protection and finally, make sure the 17″ alloys are fitted with a decent set of LT (light truck) rated all-terrain tyres.
But the reality is that we should expect, at best, a mildly tweaked version of the European spec Amarok Canyon, priced somewhere in the low $50,000s.