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Volkswagen South Africa says the 190 kW version of its Amarok V6 double-cab bakkie is “still under consideration” for a local introduction.

Back in April 2018, the Wolfsburg-based firm confirmed the high-output version of its V6-powered bakkie would offer 190 kW and 580 N.m. At the time, VW SA indicated it planned to bring this flagship variant to local shores at some point in 2019.

However, it seems the 190 kW model’s arrival has been pushed back, with the local arm of the German automaker telling CARmag.co.za “no launch date or timing has been confirmed yet”.

That said, the company’s social media team recently posted on its Facebook page the company was “looking at introducing” the 190 kW Amarok in the first quarter of 2020.

The 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine used in current SA-spec Amarok variants churns out 165 kW and 550 N.m (or 180 kW and 580 N.m on overboost), driving all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The high-output engine, meanwhile, matches the Mercedes-Benz X350d in terms of peak power, with its maximum torque figure besting that of Benz's bakkie by a some 30 N.m.

Volkswagen South Africa displayed a model called the Amarok XL at the 2019 Nampo agricultural trade show in Bothaville, saying it was “gauging” local interest in the model.

The special Amarok on VW’s stand in the Free State town featured a 310 mm extension (to its body and wheelbase), which the local arm of the German firm says allows the double-cab bakkie to “comfortably fit two Euro pallets along the load bin and between the wheel arches”.

According to the automaker, the long-wheelbase model boasts an increase in its loading surface area from the standard 2,5 m2 to around 3,03 m2, with the load-bin dimensions coming in at 1 865 mm long, 1 620 mm wide and 508 mm deep.

VW SA has since told CARmag.co.za the Amarok XL – which is a conversion rather than a factory-built model – has not been confirmed for introduction ... yet.

“At the moment, we are really just gauging interest in this car and there are no confirmed plans to introduce it,” a spokesperson told us.

The 310 mm conversion takes the Amarok’s length to a whopping 5 564 mm. VW SA said on Facebook it expected the conversion “to cost an additional amount of approximately R40 000”.

Interestingly, the example shown at Nampo featured the firm’s 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel, here worth 165 kW and 550 N.m.

Pictured below is the Amarok XL offered by Veth Automotive, a Dutch company specialising in bakkie extensions (although we understand a local company will be used if VW SA decides to offer the Amarok XL).


A new V6-powered, Volkswagen Amarok Canyon special-edition variant is set to join VW South Africa’s range in the near future, slotting in just below the Highline Plus and flagship Extreme derivatives.

Powered by the same 3,0-litre V6 turbodiesel – offering an unchanged 165 kW and 550 N.m, and linked to all four corners by an eight-speed automatic transmission – the Amarok Canyon will be priced at R791 100, some R38 100 less than the V6-badged Extreme (and R2 700 less than the Highline Plus with the same engine).

So, what sets the special-edition Amarok Canyon apart from lesser models? Well, it runs on 17-inch “Aragua” alloys (complete with anti-theft wheel bolts) and features a chunky styling bar over the load bay as well as “Canyon” decals running along its flanks (plus extra badging at the rear).

Somewhat curiously, the images you see here (from VW SA’s configurator) show the Amarok Canyon wearing black wheelarch-cladding up front only, with the rear items left in body colour...

Other standard features include park distance control (fore and aft), a reversing camera, bi-xenon headlamps and a part-chrome finish for the side-mirror caps. Inside, you’ll find the Wolfsburg-based firm’s familiar “Composition Media” infotainment system (with six speakers), Climatronic air-conditioning, special “Canyon” seat trim and plenty of orange contrast stitching.

Exterior paint colour choices will include Candy White, three metallic hues (Indium Grey, Mojawe Beige and Reflex Silver) and Deep Black pearlescent. Upgrading to the "Discovery Media" infotainment system (complete with satellite navigation) will cost you an extra R20 579, while a “Winter Package” (which includes seat heaters up front plus heated washer nozzles) will also be available for R5 044.

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