VW Amarok wants to challenge the Mercedes X-Class


Published on April 17th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


VW Amarok wants to challenge the Mercedes X-Class

We have yet to see the introduction of the VW Amarok in Malaysia and there is a reason for this. Price. Yes, the Amarok cannot compete in pricing (estimated Malaysian price is RM180,000) with the Japanese brands in Malaysia which have regional factories and a strong presence over decades. Now we hear that Volkswagen might want to introduce the Amarok to the region to compete with the soon to arrive Mercedes X-Class pickup truck.

To date, the most powerful VW Amarok has a 221 horsepower and 550 Nm of torque powerplant which is a 3.0-liter TDI V6 engine. Now comes new of a new flagship version of the Amarok which offers 255bhp and 580Nm.

There is also an overboost function which will temporarily increase the amount of available horsepower at the driver’s disposal by a further 13hp for a grand total of 268hp. All this power is channeled to a VW developed 4Motion all-wheel-drive system through a standard 8-speed automatic transmission. The maximum torque kicks in at a low 1,400 rpm whereas the full horsepower is available from 3,250 rpm.

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