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.