First Look: 2011 Volkswagen Amarok

The 2011 Volkswagen Amarok mid-sized pickup, officially revealed in December, made its first stop on the auto show circuit at an event put on by the Volkswagen Auto Group the night before the start of the 2010 Geneva Auto Show, a few months before the truck's European launch this summer.

Double cab versions will be delivered to customers first, with single cab variants arriving in 2011. They can choose between two- and all-wheel drive editions, with the latter capable of being spec'd with a Torsen limited-slip differential. The LSD allows for 40% power to be delivered to the front wheels, 60% to the rear.

Speaking of power, VW offers two of its 2.0L TDi engines making either 158 hp/295 lb-ft or 120 hp/251 lb-ft. Both get mated to a six-speed manual transmission and can come with other features designed to enhance off-roading like Off-Road ABS, Hill Descent Assist, and Hill Hold Assist.

The diesel powerplants give the Amarok a claimed 2535 lbs payload inside of its 27-sq-ft. bed and a 6173 max towing capacity.

Styling is bold and aggressive with a definite ruggedness. Up front, VW's contemporary nose is clearly seen.

VW executives hope to grab a hold of the pickup truck segment with the Amarok in the South American, South African, Australian, and European markets. The German automaker is still mum on whether or not the truck will arrive in the U.S., however.

johncarync
I'll be happy when VW is done with its let's-see-if-we-can-sell-vehicles-DESPITE-their-name phase.

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