Volkswagen Amarok gets facelift, V6 engine

The Amarok can tow nearly 8,000 pounds in its most powerful configuration.

Volkswagen has updated the Amarok pickup truck with a revised look and an available turbodiesel V6 engine.

The first V6 ever fitted to the Amarok is a 3.0-liter TDI unit that's offered with either 163, 204, or 224 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but buyers can order the truck with either on-demand four-wheel drive or permanent all-wheel drive at an extra cost. Four-wheel drive models come with a manual transmission, while all-wheel drive trucks exclusively ship with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The Amarok can tow nearly 8,000 pounds in its most capable configuration.

Staying true to tradition, the visual updates are more evolutionary than revolutionary. The truck receives a revamped grille, new-look headlights, and a redesigned lower bumper with honeycomb inserts. Volkswagen's press shots only show the Amarok Aventura, a new upscale variant positioned near the top end of the lineup. Entry-level models carry on with black bumpers and steel wheels.

The cabin has been overhauled, addressing one of the current model's biggest shorcomings, but pictures haven't been released yet.

The updated Volkswagen Amarok will go on sale in Europe and in a handful of other overseas markets in September. It still won't be sold in the United States, but sources close to the Wolfsburg-based car maker suggest the next-generation model that's set to arrive before the end of the decade might be developed with U.S. regulations in mind.

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