The images show both single and double cab variants testing with camouflage only hiding the front headlights, grille and bumper. This suggests the most significant design changes will only be to the front of the vehicle, and that those changes are likely to mirror the front-end of the new Tiguan which runs a longer grille and rectangular headlights.
Details surrounding other possible changes are hard to come by, but it’s unlikely there’ll be any changes to the engine and transmission line up, although the interior is likely to be tweaked to fall into line with other VW commercial vehicle interiors. We’d suggest the latest Transporter might provide a few hints as to styling on the inside.
Some 175,000 cars make up Australia’s strong ute market, with Volkswagen owning a five per cent share of that. Within the next few years, Volkswagen and other manufacturers will have to contend with the likes of Renault, Mercedes-Benz and PSA Peugeot Citroen moving on plans to enter the competition.
The latest report indicates Volkswagen will introduce the revised Amarok in a few months. Besides the usual competitors like the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 / Triton, and Nissan Navara, the Amarok will have to face another rival in a few years, with Mercedes preparing a Navara-based pickup likely due around 2019.