• Jun 30, 2010

Volkswagen Amarok single-cab prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

New spy photos have turned up showing a standard-cab version of the Volkswagen Amarok... snagged testing on Germany's Nürburgring, of all places. Up until now, the Amarok pickup has only been seen with a short-bed, crew-cab configuration, but the new standard-cab is expected to go on sale in 2011. The thick B-pillar should mean that the seats will have some space behind them to allow for storage or adjustment for more leg-room.

The current Amarok is only available with either four- or all-wheel-drive, but the new version is expected to have a rear-wheel drive base model as well. Judging by the relatively plain trim on this prototype, it appears that Volkswagen is aiming to offer a lower cost work truck similar to the pickups that are commonly sold to commercial fleets here in the United States.

The 163 horsepower 2.0-liter diesel is expected to carry over to the standard-cab with a dual-clutch DSG gearbox joining the existing six-speed manual box. As far as we know, there are still no plans to offer the Amarok in the North American market. Oh, and we're also not sure if the Amorok was able to set any new 'Ring records... but probably not.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Even if this pickup doesn't come to the US, I truly hope that Detroit is investing some money into new small pickups... even if they think they won't sell here (which I disagree with), I still think they will sell around the world. Places like Europe, China and South America would laugh at the thought of a full-size F150 or Silverado, but those places still buy pickups. Just smaller, more efficient ones. I think Detroit is missing a huge market by not going after those customers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      On the Ring? Why? Really people, its not a showroom. You need to understand that..
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't going to be sold here in the USA is it? If it came in under $15k I'd be all over one of these. I like small trucks for their efficiency and utility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think F150s start at $22k, so a VW coming in under $15k seems highly unlikely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John P.: Add 25% for the chicken tariff.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cant one buy a new Ford Ranger for less than 15K?

        Cant the chicken tax can be avoided by building in North America (i.e Mexico)?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Add 25% for the chicken tariff. "

        Not necessarily. Just ask Ford how they are getting the Transit Connect here without the chicken tax. Lot's of creative things can be done at ports of entry.............
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John P and @ Epyx

        Jettas and Rangers both start just shy of $18k.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Next Dodge Dakota candidate.
        Did they abandon the mini-van partnership yet? I don't recall... Maybe it can swing the other way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If VW can offer a Jetta for 16K, a car that has way more interior features and body panel complexity, they can surely offer a bare bones truck like the one in that picture for $15k.

        Not saying they would make much money on it, but they must not be making any money on the Jetta then.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it will have a weak frame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      U-G-L-Y you ain't got no alibi. You ugly. You ugly. Yo momma say you ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sell with the Jetta 2.5 inline five engine or the diesel engine and it will sell like gangbusters.Make mine the inline five ,I loved it in my Rabbit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I used to have a Colorado with an inline 5 and it was definitely nice... It was easy on fuel consumption but also had some pickup to it when you laid into the gas... It also helps when you drop a whole Flowmaster exhaust and cold air intake into it hehehe :D.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Weird to see it on the Nurburg, kinda looks like a small GMC truck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey AB, you missed a clever headline opportunity: "VW Amarok Caught Running Amok on the Nürburgring"

      You're welcome ;D.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm amused by the combination of rugged wheel arch flares and what appears to be four temporary spare tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like diesel. I hate chicken tax.
      • 4 Years Ago
      boy, i would love to sit on a corner of the 'ring to see these kinds of things. think concepts and manufacurer mules are a daily occurence there? it would justify a flight to germany for me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice to see more competition in this segment. Toyota small pick-ups seem like the best, but their cost is high. Chevy and Ford small trucks cost less, but they feel like less. I would love to think VW would raise everyones quality while keeping prices down. It will be interesting to see what they deliver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current (relatively) dismal sales of smaller trucks is not indicative of the past. In the 80s, the s10 itself sold about170k units per year. It is only the recent decades - where every soccer mom wanted an SUV and bigger size meant safer to them - that the small truck sales not only fell, the 'small' truck was replaced by the midsize. And it made little sense to save a thousand or two just to skip buying the fullsize (which is not that much bigger).

        If every mfgr actually put an effort into making true small pickups with high mpg and a major price differential from their bigger siblings, these sales figures can easily be reattained.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but the bottom line is compact trucks do not sell well in the US. Never have. People want full size.

        Unless a major gas hike is in the future, I don't see that trend changing.
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