2023 Volkswagen Amarok specs released ahead of showroom arrivals next year

Volkswagen has outlined specifications for the new Amarok – model-by-model – ahead of showroom arrivals in early 2023.

  • 2023 Volkswagen Amarok specifications for Australia
  • Five models: Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmerica, Aventura
  • Four engine options: single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel, twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel, single-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel, single-turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • Engines have same outputs as the shared Ford Ranger
  • One manual transmission variant will be available (Ford Ranger line-up is auto only)
  • Four cylinder diesels are available on three base grades, V6 diesel is available on three highest grades, four-cylinder petrol on top model
  • Prices to be announced later this year, but these details will help customers place orders

Specifications for the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok have been released for Australia ahead of local showroom arrivals early next year.

Volkswagen dealers have today received detailed specification charts to help customers place reservations for the new model well ahead of launch.

Customer orders placed today for a 2023 Volkswagen Amarok in Australia will be “pending price and test drive”, which means buyers can back out of the deal if needed.

“Since the Amarok was globally revealed four weeks ago, Volkswagen dealers have been beset by inquiries and customers intent on placing deposits,” Volkswagen Australia Commercial Vehicles Director Ryan Davies said in a media statement.

Many Ford Ranger customers are also considering the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok – given both vehicles are twins under the skin and share the same mechanicals and capability, but have different designs and certain unique features.

The second-generation Volkswagen Amarok was jointly developed with Ford – and is built on the Ford Ranger production line in South Africa. Australia-bound Ford Rangers are sourced from Thailand.

Given the lengthy delays already being reported for the new-generation Ford Ranger, some customers in the queue are weighing up making the switch to a new Volkswagen Amarok.

Information shared with Volkswagen dealers in Australia today – and confirmed by the company as being accurate – show there will initially be five model grades.

The new models are listed as Amarok, Life, Style, PanAmerica, and Aventura.

There are four engine options: single-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (125kW/405Nm), a twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (154kW/500Nm), a single-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel (184kW/600Nm), and a single-turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol (222kW/452Nm).

The single-turbo 2.0-litre diesel is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

The twin-turbo 2.0-litre diesel and single-turbo 3.0-litre V6 diesel are available with 10-speed automatic transmissions, however the four-cylinder has part-time four-wheel-drive hardware, whereas the V6 has full-time four-wheel-drive hardware.

The single-turbo 2.3-litre petrol is backed by a 10-speed automatic and permanent four-wheel-drive hardware.

All transmission options now have low-range, which was absent on the original Volkswagen Amarok.

There are six driving modes: Normal, Eco, Slippery, Snow/Sand, Mud/Rut, Tow/Haul.

One manual transmission variant will be available on the base grade, while the Ford Ranger line-up is now automatic only.

The four-cylinder diesel engines are available on the three base grades (Amarok, Life and Style), while the V6 diesel is available on the three highest grades (Style, PanAmerica, and Aventura).

The single-turbo 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine is available only on the flagship Aventura.

Most variants of the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok range come with a full suite of safety systems – including a centre airbag and crash avoidance systems – marking a pole vault leap in technology compared to the original Volkswagen Amarok.

However, conspicuous by its absence: blind zone waring and rear cross-traffic alert are not available on the cheapest Volkswagen Amarok – even though this tech is standard on even the cheapest Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50 and Ford Ranger utes.

And in the information shared so far, rear cross-traffic alert is not listed. We will update this story once we can clarify which models – if any – will have this helpful technology.

The absence of key safety tech on even the most basic Amarok is an unusual oversight given Volkswagen appears to be taking a premium position compared to the latest Ford Ranger; for example all models have LED headlights, whereas Ford perseveres with halogen lamps on its workhorse variants.

Australian prices for the 2023 Volkswagen Amarok are expected to be announced later this year – ahead of showroom arrivals early next year – but the details listed here will help customers place orders and compare features across rivals, including the new-generation Ford Ranger.

2023 Volkswagen Amarok prices

  • Amarok Price to be advised
  • Life Price to be advised
  • Style Price to be advised
  • PanAmerica Price to be advised
  • Aventura Price to be advised

Note: Prices above exclude on-road costs.

2023 Volkswagen Amarok (base model) specs

  • Single-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (125kW/405Nm) 6-speed manual or 6-speed auto
  • Part-time four-wheel-drive
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric folding side mirrors
  • LED headlights
  • Tailgate lock
  • 10-inch infotainment screen, four speakers
  • 8.0-inch digital instrument cluster
  • Single zone air-conditioning
  • Six-way manual driver seat adjustment
  • Apple Car Play, Android Auto, AM/FM, wireless phone charging
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Tyre pressure monitors
  • Mechanical differential lock
  • Emergency call
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Radar cruise control and lane-keeping assistance
  • Electric power steering
  • Eight airbags (including centre and driver knee)
  • Rear camera
  • Rear sensors

2023 Volkswagen Amarok Life specs (in addition to or instead of above)

  • Twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (154kW/500Nm) 10-speed auto with part-time four-wheel-drive
  • Body-coloured bumpers, mirror scalps, door handles
  • LED fog lights
  • Electric folding side mirrors with heating and puddle lamps
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Power locking on tailgate
  • 10-inch infotainment screen, six speakers
  • Eight-way manual driver seat adjustment
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Leather steering wheel rim and gear selector
  • Front and rear floor mats
  • Carpet flooring
  • Electronic park brake
  • Dusk sensing headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Front parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Auto dimming rear-view mirror
  • Two front recovery hooks

2023 Volkswagen Amarok Style specs (in addition to or instead of above)

  • Twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel (154kW/500Nm) 10-speed auto with part-time four-wheel-drive
  • Single-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (184kW/600Nm) 10-speed auto with permanent four-wheel-drive
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Drop-in tray-liner
  • Sports bar
  • Premium cloth seats
  • 12-inch infotainment screen, embedded navigation, six speakers
  • 12-inch digital instrument cluster
  • 10-way driver seat adjustment (electric), 8-way adjustment front passenger seat (manual)
  • Insulating windscreen
  • Dual zone air-conditioning
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Sensor key and push-button start
  • Thatcham alarm system
  • 360-degree camera
  • Park assist

2023 Volkswagen Amarok PanAmerica specs (in addition to or instead of above)

  • Single-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (184kW/600Nm) 10-speed auto with permanent four-wheel-drive
  • 18-inch black alloy wheels
  • X-Design front bumper (black)
  • Side mirror scalps, bumper highlights, door handles (black)
  • LED tail-lights
  • Sports bar and side steps (black)
  • Soft tonneau cover
  • Roof rails
  • Spray-in tray-liner
  • PanAmerica decals
  • Leather seats
  • Leather dash top
  • Leather door accents
  • 8-speaker premium audio
  • 10-way electric seat adjustment (driver and front passenger)
  • Black rooflining

2023 Volkswagen Amarok Aventura specs (in addition to or instead of above)

  • Single-turbo 3.0-litre diesel (184kW/600Nm) 10-speed auto with permanent four-wheel-drive
  • Single-turbo 2.3-litre petrol (222kW/452Nm) 10-speed auto with permanent four-wheel-drive
  • 21-inch alloy wheels
  • X-Design front bumper (chrome)
  • Side mirror scalps, bumper highlights, door handles (chrome)
  • ‘Sailplane’ (body colour)
  • Electronic roller shutter
  • Side steps (chrome)
  • Electronic roller shutter
  • Drop-in bed-liner
  • Leather seats
  • Leather dash top
  • Leather door accents

2023 Volkswagen Amarok colour choices

  • Frozen White
  • Agate Black (metallic)
  • Blue Lightning (metallic)
  • Carbonized grey (metallic)
  • Lucid Red (metallic)
  • Moondust Silver (metallic)
  • Diffused Silver (metallic)
  • Moroccan Blue (metallic, unique to Volkswagen)

2023 Volkswagen Amarok key highlights (not previously available)

  • 10- and 12-inch infotainment screens
  • 8.0 and 12-inch digital instrument clusters
  • Premium audio
  • LED headlights (previously bi-Xenon)
  • Matrix LED headlights
  • Puddle lamps in the side mirrors
  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Leather dash top
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Sensor key with push-button start
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Electric power steering
  • Electric park brake
  • Eight airbags (include knee, centre and rear seat coverage, up from four airbags previously)
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Speed sign recognition
  • Radar cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • 360-degree camera
  • Trailer sway control

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for more than 10 years.

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