2015 VW Amarok — Available In North America Soon?
The 2015 Volkswagen Amarok have been presented in Switzerland at the Geneva Motor Show. This particular specimen is called the VW MTM Amarok V-8 Passion and represents the manufacturers tuning version. Considering the expansion plans of the Volkswagen company, their intention to raise sales can bring the Amarok to the U.S. This mid-size truck was announced in 2005. In 2007 the very first concept was presented and in 2010 the first generation of the VW Amarok was released. Since the people in Volkswagen installed the more powerful engine under the hood of the 2015 MTM Amarok V-8 Passion, this may be considered as an expression of interest to launch this truck in North America. The 2015 VW Amarok should compete with the most prominent trucks in the U.S.
2015 VW AMAROK APPEARANCE
When we look at the 2015 VW Amarok, we can’t ignore the rafinment of its smooth lines. The appearance is this truck’s highlight. However, the 2015 VW Amarok is 206.9 inches long, 76.5 inches wide and 72.2 inches high, so if they want to find the way to the U.S. they have to install more powerful engines. The 2015 VW Amarok is almost the same size as the Honda Ridgeline. We shouldn’t doubt the people who are in charge of the Amarok know this. In fact, there are rumors which claim that if the VW Amarok comes to the U.S. the management wants it to be bigger than the current version. The Amarok has two types of cab available. There is a Single Cab with two doors and a Double Cab which has four doors. Having in mind it overall good look, the potential improvements and refreshments before the U.S. premiere will probably contribute even more. Of course, there is no any official information which would confirm the speculations about the 2015 VW Amarok going overseas. However, if that happens, we can expect a new fascia, Xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights. Also, the appearance would be improved with 22-inch aluminum wheels.
THE INTERIOR OF THE 2015 VW AMAROK — POSSIBLE IMPROVEMENTS
The interior of the 2015 VW Amarok is not exactly the most luxurious one, but we can’t say it’s not equipped well. There are heated seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and 6-inch touchscreen. There are various gadgets and systems which make the ride more comfortable and safe. However, we expect that, if the people in the headquarters of the Volkswagen company in Wolfsburg, Germany, decide to distribute this mid-size truck in the U.S. there will be significant improvements regarding the interior and equipment, especially when it comes to the premium trims.
2015 VW AMAROK ENGINES — FSI, TDI AND V-8 TDI — TRANSMISSION AND DRIVE
As for the powertrain, the 2015 VW Amarok engine options simply aren’t strong enough for the U.S. market. There is a 2.0-liter TDI which delivers 180 horsepower. Also, there is a gasoline turbocharged 2.0-liter FSI four-cylinder engine. However, the 2015 VW Amarok MTM V-8 Passion got a 4.2-liter V-8 TDI engine which generates 410 horsepower and whooping 686 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a 6-speed manual. Of course, there is an automatic option, which is paired with the V-8 engine. This gearbox is an 8-speed automatic. The 2015 VW Amarok has all-wheel drive.
WILL THE 2015 VW AMAROK COME TO THE U.S. AND IF SO, WHEN?
Although the Amarok V-8 Passion can make a success in the U.S. we doubt it will be available in the American dealerships. This tuning version is just a subtle hint about the direction where this mid-size truck is heading. In the future, we expect the same diesel and some powerful gasoline engines and a little bit bigger body for the American premiere. That way the new Amarok could compete in the severe and demanding American mid-size truck market. This can happen earlier than we think. Maybe even the next year. Unfortunately, the 2015 VW Amarok which is presented at the Geneva Motor Show almost certainly won’t come to the U.S.