The Volkswagen Amarok Concept revealed at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show was a paean to freestyle kayaking, its Baladi Orange hue and 18-inch High Gloss Adamantium Dark wheels on knobbies with raised white letters showing off a wilder side of VW's pickup. True, it was no Rhinemetall Defense conversion or a Colt Seavers tribute, but it was about as far out as the Amarok was going to get from the factory.

The response to it was positive enough for VW to put a production version into the pipeline, available next year. The exclusive exterior hue has been changed to Copper Orange (other colors will be available in early 2013), the wheels are smaller and the tires have been swapped for more road-friendly rubber, but otherwise it looks to be all there: the light bar, dark roll hoop, smoked taillamps, black-lipped wheel arches, body-colored skid plates and cargo cover have made the transition. Buyers can choose between two diesel engines and either on-demand or full-time four-wheel drive.

It isn't clear if the gauge cluster includes the three indicators for tilt and climbing angles, but special-edition modifications like the matte chrome covering on the panel, two-tone seats with "Moon Rock" bases and Anthracite accents will let passengers know you're ready for the grizzly yonder. Naturally, as with all other versions of VW's Amarok pickup truck, we won't be seeing it in the United States.

There's a press release just below with all the details.
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LET'S OFF-ROAD! AMAROK CANYON SPECIAL EDITION DEBUTS AT IAA SHOW

18/09/12 -- At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled a concept vehicle designed for extreme outdoor sports in the shape of the prototype Amarok Canyon. The concept of a high quality and genuine off-road vehicle in a striking colour with classic pickup accessory elements triggered an extremely positive reaction. It was therefore decided to offer as of early 2013 a special edition version of the Amarok based very closely on the concept vehicle: the Amarok Canyon. The concept vehicle's key elements – including a strong colour scheme, AT wheels, lamp bar, styling bar and interior fitting details – have been successfully incorporated into the special edition model.

Based on the Trendline specification, the special 'Canyon' model looks instantly different to the standard Amarok due to its unusual colour: the four-door body glistening in 'Copper Orange' paintwork, available exclusively on this special edition. Also available as an option on the roof is a lamp bar with four extra headlights.

Further visual features include the darkened rear light clusters, the designer undercarriage guards in body colour, the wheelarches in contrasting black and the wording 'Canyon' on doors and rear hatch. The redesigned styling bar, the sill sidebars and the rear bumper in gleaming black form a conscious contrast to the vehicle body. A new roll cover – a cargo space cover in the form of a robust awning – is also coloured gleaming black and protects valuable cargo. With these attributes alone the Amarok Canyon already signals its craving for freedom and adventure.

However, in terms of engine power, too, the 'Canyon' delivers what its appearance promises: in order to facilitate maximum off-road capability, the Amarok Canyon is available with both TDI engines, generally in combination with permanent or on-demand four-wheel drive (4MOTION) and optional differential lock on the rear axle. Designed for outdoor activities, the special edition also has redesigned 17-inch 'Roca' alloy wheels fitted with size 245/70 R 17 AT-tyres. If desired, 18-inch wheels with road tyres are also available.

The individuality of the Amarok Canyon continues inside. Many details have been given a new accent through the use of a special colour scheme. The instrument panel's sun visor is in contrasting matt chrome and the partially leather seats have two-tone colouring, with the seat bases in 'Moon Rock', while the headrests and side wings are elegantly offset in 'Anthracite'. The decorative stitching on the seats, on the three-spoke leather steering wheel and on the leather-covered gear lever picks up the orangey-red colour of the vehicle body.

In addition to being available in the new 'Copper Orange' colour, which is being kept exclusively for this special edition, the Amarok Canyon will also be available from early 2013 in 'Reflex Silver', 'Natural Grey' and 'Sand Beige'. As an alternative to the styling bar and associated cargo space cover, the 'Canyon' will also be available with a practical hard top.


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      AngeloD
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they offered a TDI version for sale in the US they'd sell every one they could make, even with the chicken tax added.
        Kumar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AngeloD
        Well, not with the chicken tax of 25%, but if it was made Nafta-style, they would probably do fairly well.
      FHH
      • 2 Years Ago
      here in SD i'vs seen a couple from across border very nice very nice !! i asked my dad to go and find out how much they're going for, so he went down to the mexican VW dealer ship, $28k
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really prefer the squared off look of this over the Ranger and Mazda BT-50. Looks nice.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another fine example of VW being out of touch with North America. Again and again and again. Way to go morons!
      Roger
      • 2 Years Ago
      And they say Chevy puts the same front end on all its vehicles...
      Matt Frawley
      • 2 Years Ago
      You can buy a Volkswagen Amarok pickup it is Grey Market. VW Amarok can join to Nissan Skyline GT-R in USA.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I also want to know why RUF was disassembling one of these in the video over the summer...
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just bring it here VW, diesel intact! I really can't believe that you don't think this would sell while getting 30+ mpg
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those look more like rally tires than off roaders. Chicken tax, giggle giggle (snort)
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