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Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck on its way to USA — maybe

The Volkswagen Amarok, a mid-size pickup truck sold internationally since 2010 (but not in the United States) will be revealed July 7 for its potential availability in this country.

Sharing a platform with the upcoming Ford Ranger, the Amarok has been “teased” recently on various automotive outlets as well as from the manufacturer. Its exterior includes newly styled headlights and a rugged-looking rear end.

Volkswagen Amarok Set for US Sales?

The truck’s highlights include a vertically-aligned 12-inch touchscreen display, the same as the Ranger’s touchscreen. the VW Amarok also appears to have toggle switches for the hazard lights, parking sensors, an on-screen climate control menu and drive modes. There’s also a physical volume knob.

The Volkswagen Amarok has been available for more than a decade internationally but never in the United States. It could change.
The Volkswagen Amarok has been available for more than a decade internationally but never in the United States. It could change.

According to the carmaker, the Volkswagen Amarok will ship with more than 30 driver assist systems, several new via its U.S. release, and including lane keep assist, lane change assist, a surround-view camera system and road sign

Volkswagen Amarok: Variety of Engines

The Amarok will feature Ford engines ranging from 2.0 to 3.0-liters and four to six cylinders all mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The future of the Volkswagen Amarok in the United States is pending — maybe.
The future of the Volkswagen Amarok in the United States is pending — maybe.

The new truck will be bigger, around four inches on a wheelbase almost eight inches longer, and two inches wider. The new dimensions make it around 211 inches long and 78 inches wide.

According to Volkswagen, the total trailering capacity will be 7,716 pounds, up from 6,614 via European editions. Those are European specifications.

Volkswagen Amarok: ‘Arctic Wolf’

Whether the Volkswagen Amarok, which translated from Inuit means arctic wolf, will be sold in the U.S. is unknown, but Volkswagen has applied for a patent on the name.

In the Inuit language, Amarok means “arctic wolf.” It’s considered by Eskimos in Northern Canada and Greenland to be the king of the wild.

An all-electric Amarok is not currently being considered, according to VW. It’s emphazing its 4×4 and pickup EV efforts into reviving the Scout name.

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