Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
VW’s Amarok For 2012 to receive an 8-speed auto gearbox
The next generation VW Amarok will be offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, a class-first feature. The extra gears enable a wider gear ratio spread between the 1st and the 8th compared to a conventional auto transmission. But will this latest version of the Amarok arrive in Malaysia to contest the likes of the new Ranger and Colorado?
This results to numerous benefits like raising efficiency and towing capacity. NVH levels are also reduced. Due to the greater spread, the TDI engine is increasingly more effective in each rev range. It is also more fuel-efficient and agile. In addition, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that runs at a lower engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing. In a statement, VW said that just like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is therefore highly capable in all-terrain use without requiring added reduction gearing. Its fuel efficiency is improved further with the use of the new gearbox, combined with BlueMotion Technology that consists of battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tires.
The transmission is available with the 120 hp 2.0-liter TDI, the 160 hp TDI engine with the Amarok offering a fuel economy rating of 7.6 liters per 100 km (31 mpg). It emits 199 grams of CO2 per km. Powered by the 180 hp version of the engine, the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 179 km/h (111 mph) in seventh gear. The Amarok is set to arrive in Malaysian showrooms in 2 quarter of 2012.