The new 3.0-litre units replace the previous 2.0-litre diesels and are available in three variants – 163hp, 204hp and 224hp, offering up to 550Nm. The engine is available in manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox versions and should bring a combined NEDC fuel consumption in automatic version of around 37mpg and 199g/km according to test data.
Towing capacity is also revised for the new model and increases to up to 3.5 tonnes.
Three different drive-system versions will be offered in line with the respective engine variants: a traditional rear-wheel drive, and a 4MOTION version with either rear-wheel drive and an engageable front axle in combination with a manual gearbox, or with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a Torsen differential with the 8-speed automatic gearbox.
The Servotronic steering system is new in the Amarok and will be available as standard equipment in Europe.
Minor exterior styling tweaks include LED daytime running lights and optional 20-inch alloy wheel. Other changes include new 17-inch brake discs on the front axle of the range-topping Amarok and 16-inch discs at the rear. The Automatic Post-Collision Braking System is also included as standard.
The new model is expected to go on before the end of 2016.