The German manufacturer is enlisting the help of a local engineering firm to develop a new off-road version of its Amarok ute from next year.
Volkswagen has revealed the details of a new off-road focused version of its Amarok ute developed with local engineering company Walkinshaw Automotive Group.
W580X will be sold together Road-Focused W580S At the top of the Amarok range from April next year. Its on-road cost will be $77,390, which is slightly cheaper than the W580S at $81,490.
The new model gets higher ride height, forged alloy off-road wheels with all-terrain tyres, a custom-made aluminum bash-plate, breather kit for water crossing and LED light bar.
Tire size on the W580S is reduced from 20 inches to 18 inches, allowing for higher-profile tires with more aggressive tread suited to gravel. There’s also more underbody protection and twin-tube Monroe shock absorbers, along with a more compliant and off-road focus tune for the W580S. The standard side-steps have been replaced with rock sliders to prevent damage to the door seal and underside of the door during rock climbing.
The only styling difference between the two models are the different decals along their sides.
Like the 580S, the 580X comes with Amarok’s standard single-turbo 3.0-litre V6, which puts out 190kW and 580Nm. X leaves without sports exhaust of S.
Two options are available: a Sequel snorkel kit for $1390 and a luxury pack that includes satellite navigation and leather seats for $4690.
Volkswagen’s director of commercial vehicles, Ryan Davis, said the new model will build on the success of the W580S, which has attracted more than 1,000 sales since its launch earlier this year.
He expects future sales of the W580 to be split roughly 50-50 between the two models, with an estimated 1,500 sales for 2022.
Given the success of the current program, it is likely that Walkinshaw will be invited to revise the new model, although any program is expected to begin later in the Amarok’s product cycle. The launch is likely to happen at least 18 months later.
The Amarok has become Volkswagen’s number one selling vehicle this year, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the company’s sales. Australia is also the world’s largest market for the Amarok V6, making up 90 percent of local sales.