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Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the sand pit, Volkswagen upped the ante with a more powerful Amarok aimed at trumping Mercedes-Benz’s incoming X-Class ute.
To be shown at the Frankfurt motor show next week as a concept vehicle, the Volkswagen Amarok Aventura Exclusive V6 packs a 190kW version of the current Amarok V6’s 165kW variant that is currently sold in Australia.
The concept adds more torque to the existing ute’s 550Nm but Volkswagen has not revealed the figure.
The move by Volkswagen is seen as playing one-upmanship with the upcoming Benz pick-up which, in its X350d guise has outputs of 190kW/550Nm. The Aventura may take torque to 560Nm to give some bragging rights.
Volkswagen Australia has hinted that the more potent ute could be added to the line-up in 2018 but final specifications and pricing are unknown.
The Aventura, to be shown in Frankfurt in a metallic yellow paint (as was the concept X-Class), is fitted with 19-inch Milford-style alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, and chrome for the side sills, sports bar in the tray, front bash plate, mirror shells and rear bumper.
The show car also has an aluminium roller cover for the tray that is lockable and waterproof.
The cabin has black leather with contrasting yellow stitching, electrically adjustable “ergoComfort” seats, Discover Media satellite navigation and a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel.
Volkswagen also plans to display a special edition Amarok Dark Label – a name that has been launched in Australia in past years.
In 2015, for example, it was launched as a limited variant with 300 units available.
Based on the Comfortline spec level, the Dark Label to be shown at Frankfurt has Indium Grey matte paint, black side steps, matte-black sports bar, lacquered chrome strips in the front grille, matte-black door handles, ‘Dark Label’ logos and Rawson 18-inch anthracite alloy wheels.
Volkswagen Australia said that if the Dark Label V6 came to Australia next year it would likely be in the form of the all-wheel drive, 165kW version with an eight-speed automatic transmission – the same drivetrain spec as the Comfortline. A six-speed manual would be an option and a four-cylinder version would be considered.