Although very much an open secret despite it not being announced officially, Ford’s Platform Head for the new Ranger and Everest has confirmed that the new Volkswagen Amarok will make use of the Blue Oval’s 3.0-litre turbodiesel engine in V6 guise.
Due to be unveiled later this year with the most recent hint being the divulging of certain specification items three months ago, the Amarok will ride on the same T6.2 underpinnings as the Ranger and Everest and have its production move from the General Pacheco Plant in Argentina to Dearborn’s Silverton facility outside Pretoria.
Espied undergoing testing in September last year, but teased by Wolfsburg in sketch form no less than two times this year with an original hailing from 2020, the biggest source of debate has been the choice of power units reports have alleged will be Ford units in both four-cylinder and six-cylinder forms.
While the former is expected to have the same 2.0-litre capacity with either single or bi-turbo charging as in the current Amarok, the 190kW/580Nm 3.0 TDI V6 was deemed unsuitable for the General Motors co-developed ten-speed automatic gearbox and therefore ruled-out for continuing in the new model from the start.
New Ford Ranger will provide the base and V6 engine for the new Volkswagen Amarok. While an official date of unveiling is yet to be confirmed, including the “under investigation” Amarok R supposedly derived from the Ranger Raptor, Volkswagen has announced that it will be before the end of the year. Expect therefore more details to emerge over the weeks and months.