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New VW Amarok 2022 teased: First look at next-generation Ford Ranger twin

Volkswagen has given us our first glimpse of the second-generation Amarok ute, releasing this teaser image during its Annual Media Conference overnight.

While obviously teaser images are exaggerated for visual effect, it’s clear the next Amarok will be a bolder, more aggressive dual-cab. The sketch shows a bigger, more angular front end with a strong vertical upper element that ties in with the brand’s latest design language. It also depicts larger wheel arches, a bulging bonnet and an integrated sports bar - not all will carry over to the production model.

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However, what we do know for sure is that the new Amarok is being developed alongside the next generation Ford Ranger, as part of the partnership between the German and American auto giants. The two parties announced a tie-up on commercial vehicles in January 2019 and it’s believed Ford is leading the development of the new utes, while VW will lead the work on the next generation of vans for both brands.

While technical details of both utes remain a closely guarded secret by the car makers, leaks have emerged that give us an idea what to expect under the bonnet. Volkswagen is likely to retain a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel, while Ford is believed to be investigating a pair of turbocharged V6 engines - a 3.0-litre diesel and 2.7-litre petrol.

The new Amarok is expected to launch sometime in 2022, while the Ranger could beat it and arrive in 2021.

Stephen Ottley
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Steve has been obsessed with all things automotive for as long as he can remember. Literally, his earliest memory is of a car. Having amassed an enviable Hot Wheels and Matchbox collection as a kid he moved into the world of real cars with an Alfa Romeo Alfasud. Despite that questionable history he carved a successful career for himself, firstly covering motorsport for Auto Action magazine before eventually moving into the automotive publishing world with CarsGuide in 2008. Since then he's worked for every major outlet, having work published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age,, Street Machine, V8X and F1 Racing. These days he still loves cars as much as he did as a kid and has an Alfa Romeo Alfasud in the garage (but not the same one as before... that's a long story).
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