Volkswagen says it will create the second-generation Amarok by “adapting” Ford’s upcoming new Ranger bakkie.

The Wolfsburg-based firm confirmed the news in a statement outlining the latest “landmark” in the Volkswagen-Ford global alliance.

In the statement, VW said its supervisory board had “approved further contracts under the co-operation with Ford Motor Company” announced in 2019.

“The next milestones in the vehicle projects are anticipated to be implemented in near the future with the signatures of both companies. Three projects in the areas of electrification and commercial vehicles are planned to be realised as a first step,” the statement said.

Referring to the second-gen Amarok (without actually naming it), the German company said “a midsize pickup developed by Ford” would be “adapted by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in selected markets”.

In March 2020, VW released the first teaser sketch of the second-generation Amarok (prompting this render). At the start of 2019, the two firms announced the first “formal agreements in a broad alliance” that would include the Blue Oval brand engineering and building "medium-sized" bakkies "for both companies”.

That initial joint statement from the two brands indicated the first bakkies built under the alliance would hit the market “as early as 2022”.