POr the rhythm of life and the daily routine that "the years go by", as many of us say, cause some surprise that Amarok, Volkswagen's first pick-up, has been on the market for eight years. To commemorate this trajectory and to review its history and characteristics, the German brand organized #AmarokDay in Cardales, with the presence of its main executives and press, at Estancia la Pebeta.
Its name attracted attention at the time of its launch in 2010 and refers to the Arctic wolf in the Eskimo language and also takes advantage of an association or play on words with the controlling company of the company, based in the city of Wolfsburg, whose name translates precisely in "house of wolves".
Oddities aside, Amarok is of extra importance to our country as it is produced at the General Pacheco plant and, together with the Hannover factory, are the only two industrial centers where it is produced globally.
With a more comfort – oriented design, but without neglecting its origin as a utility vehicle, it was initially presented with two diesel engines 2.0 – turbo 122 hp and 180 hp twin – engine with 6 – speed manual gearbox. From 2012 added the automatic option, with an ZF box of 8 speeds and added more power in the more accessible versions, going from 122 to 180 HP. In the same year, the "Amarok Expert" program began with special training for business consultants and clients, which was held nationwide.
In 2014, the automatic options were extended to the 4 × 2 versions and the special Dark Label series, known for its completely black aesthetic, was released. A year later, he added more equipment – with bi-xenon headlights, electrically folding mirrors and new tire design – along with the presentation of another special series called Ultimate.
By 2016, the pick-up received its first major update, in which its design was partially renovated – especially in the interior – incorporating more comfort, safety and technological equipment and the arrival of the V6 versions was announced. Precisely in June 2017 two of these variants arrived with different aesthetics and with the V6 TDI 3.0-liter engine developing 224 hp (which can be raised to 244 hp by the Overboost function) and 550 Nm, coupled to the transmission 8 4Motion automatic traction and permanent four-wheel drive.
Finally, the latest addition to the range was the Comfortline V6 version, which maintains the mechanics of the higher range variants, but with intermediate equipment and greater guidance as a working tool. One more fact: these eight years have produced more than half a million Amarok and by 2019 new features are planned, among them the expected V6 versions associated with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
In this way, currently the pick up has a total of 14 versions and three levels of equipment:
Tendency line: is the entry-level version and features 16 "stamped steel wheels (single cab only), ecological leather seat cover, height-adjustable front seats, rear parking sensor and" RCD 230G "radio with CD, MP3, USB, SD card, auxiliary input, i-pod connectivity and Bluetooth. It also incorporates as standard – in single and double cabins – the Hard Work package with rubber floor and synthetic leather seat.
Comfortline: 17 "alloy wheels, Kemisu fabric upholstery, multifunction steering wheel, front and rear parking sensor, Composition Media radio with CD, MP3, USB, SD card and App-Connect (compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay)), differential lock (in 4 × 2 and 4 × 4) and four airbags in double cab versions.
Highline: Includes 18-inch alloy wheels, electrically adjustable front seats, two-zone "Climatronic" automatic climate control, safety camera, "Discover Media" radio with CD, MP3, USB, SD card, i-Pod connection and Bluetooth, App-Connect and Browser.
In two variants, V6 to dry or low: with stainless steel bar, oval stirrups of the same material and "19" Milford wheels, and V6 Extreme, with Sportsbar, flat aluminum stirrups and 20 "Talca wheels.
Prices and guarantee:
- Amarok Trendline CS 2.0 TDI 140 HP 4X2: $ 856,100
- Amarok Trendline CS 2.0 TDI 140 HP 4X4: $ 1,015,200
- Amarok DC 2.0 TDI 140 HP 4X2 Trend Line: $ 1,005,600
- Amarok DC 2.0 TDI 140 HP 4X4 Trend Line: US $ 1,162,400
- Amarok Comfortline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X2: $ 1,175,400
- Amarok Comfortline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X2 AT: US $ 1,244,400
- Amarok Comfortline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X4: US $ 1,347,800
- Amarok Comfortline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X4 AT: US $ 1,431,200
- Amarok Comfortline V6 DC 3.0 TDI 224 HP 4X4 AT: $ 1,528,300
- Amarok Highline 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X2: US $ 1,328,600
- Amarok Highline 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X2 AT: US $ 1,444,900
- Amarok Highline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X4: US $ 1,532,500
- Amarok Highline DC 2.0 TDI 180 HP 4X4 AT: US $ 1,667,500
- Amarok V6 DC 3.0 TDI 224 HP 4X4 AT: US $ 1,850,300
- Amarok V6 Extreme 3.0 TDI 224 HP 4X4 AT: US $ 1,951,600
- 3 year warranty or 100,000 miles.
Through Volkswagen Financial Services, the company's financial brand:
- Term of 18 months, rate of 6.9% of capital Financed up to US $ 250,000
- 25% discount and 6 installments without interest with VISA card, valid until 12/31/2018 or 150 contracts, whichever occurs first.
Since last year, Volkswagen has implemented a new service that consists of a fleet of Amarok that allows the maintenance and repair of its vehicles at home, aimed at floaters or individuals operating in areas far from official workshops.
The pick up is fully equipped with all the tools and elements needed for this type of task. They also have 200 liters of oil, an electric generator, a compressor and a self-diagnostic equipment to check for possible faults that are indicated on the vehicle to be repaired.
The mobile service unit allows the utility to perform up to 5 maintenance operations per day, thus decongesting the workshop and significantly reducing the waiting days. You can perform the exchange of brake pads and discs, distribution or placement of accessories, among other tasks.
The concessionaires that have this assistance service are the following: