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Essai Volkswagen Amarok II: Texas Ranger

If there may be one kind of auto that stereotypes the American car, past Muscle Automobiles, it’s the pick-up! You’ll inform me, what does this need to do with VolkswagenGerman basic producer?

Properly the truth is, below this signed costume Volkswagenthe second technology of the Amarok truly hides a car from throughout the Atlantic. Specifically the Ford Ranger. Not shocking since a partnership has been established between Volkswagen and Ford.

Precisely, is that this new Amarok at this time a pure American? Does it stay a 4×4 with German pragmatism? Reply on this essay on the roads and paths of Corsica.

Diesel solely

When in Uncle Sam’s nation, we solely swear by the massive V8 engine, below the hood of our Amarok at the moment being examined, we discover a motor V6 TDI 3L which develops 240 hp for 600 Nm of torque. An engine that appears fully ludicrous at this time, because the restrictions on thermal autos are going so nicely! A bias which challenges us all of the extra, after we know that Ford will quickly supply a model hybride rechargeable of his Ford Ranger.

It would not matter at Volkswagen, we select to solely hold two diesel engines for the French market. Since to this V6 TDI is added a 2L TDI four-cylinder engine with 205 hp. Curious however in keeping with the German producer, this higher corresponds to the client’s requests. With out forgetting that Volkswagen desires to emulate the utility standing of its Amarok to that of a non-public car…

Massive engine, small sensations

In apply, this new Amarok perd 18 ch in comparison with the V6 3L TDI block of the outdated technology. However, he beneficial properties 20 Nm of torque. Clearly, this positioning is by no means shocking. This can be a actual utility within the sense that it’s above all designed to tow heavy masses. Till 3.5 tonnes of towing capability !

Should you use a Volkswagen Amarok just like the overwhelming majority of motorists, that’s to say for purely highway use, the V6 engine stays stingy with sensations. Definitely, 0 to 100 is achieved in 8.8 seconds in keeping with the producer. However make no mistake, you may barely really feel the push. Regular when the curb weight of this behemoth is round 2.4 tons !

To transmit the truck torque of our pick-up of the day, exit the outdated eight-speed ZF computerized gearbox. Volkswagen now trusts the 10-speed computerized transmissionwell-known at Ford.

Reasonable consumption

On paper, the adoption of the 10-speed computerized transmission makes it attainable to “restrict” common gas consumption. Depend 10L / 100 en cycle mixte WLTP in keeping with the German producer. But it surely nonetheless stays extra fuel-intensive than up to now, with a enhance of 2L/100 on commonat all times in keeping with producer information.

To present you an thought, we measured with the Labo Auto Plus the outdated Amarok double cabin outfitted with the 3L TDI V6 10.5L of common consumption.

Regardless of the case, this consumption can simply be defined at this time by a weight of 200 kg dealing with the earlier technology… But in addition by its virtually 10 cm further in size. Consequently, this new Amarok now attracts 5m35 de lengthy ! With out forgetting its 5 cm extra in top !

Snug on the highway…

Failing to provide the banana whereas driving or having a chicken’s urge for food, the level fort of this new Amarok lies in its highway conduct. Regardless of the two.4 tonnes on the dimensions, this second Amarok of the title exhibits itself nice in turns. The small Corsican roads and the virolos comply with each other with out fear. No rolling there, with a reasonably good stability. The curved inscription is exact, so long as you do not ask an excessive amount of of it. Briefly, a great shock on this level. Virtually sudden for a behemoth of this type.

Furthermore, the extraordinarily nicely soundproofed cabinthe suspension consolation and the seating supplied by our check mannequin (Aventura end, the very best) contribute to a first-rate expertise on the highway.

…like off-road

As quickly as we go away the highway, we discover the curiosity of such a car right here. Far more tailor-made to journey and off-road than for the town. That is good, Volkswagen has deliberate for us some crossings, “rocks” and steep climbs. The right alternative to play with completely different driving modes of our Amarok. Be aware that there are 6 in complete.

And there, miracle! With none expertise, and with the assistance of completely different modes of transmission (2H, 4A, 4H and 4L) and/or digital differential lock, you’ll virtually assume you had been a Paris-Dakar pilot. The Amarok climbs all over the place, with out issue.

In passing, we’ll thank its 5 cm further in top. These are there to enhance floor clearance of our pick-up.

American-Germanic design

If it shares the technical sheet of the Ford Ranger, fortuitously for this new Amarok, the Volkswagen contact is felt when it comes to design. No less than, from the skin. Higher, l’Amarok II se modernise in comparison with the earlier technology launched in 2010 and the restyling occurred in 2016. That is particularly seen on the degree of entrance faceactually redesigned with this X-shaped grille. An X form drawn by this distinction between the grey and the blue shade of our check mannequin.

On the similar time, we be aware the adoption of new entrance optics – Matrix LED – extra tapered. As a reminder, our check mannequin has the Aventura end. Perceive by this, the very best degree of end. On the degree of the outside pencil stroke, this consists of 21 inch alloy wheelsof the chrome mirror caps and door handlesand even “ fashion bar » (the body on the degree of the rear cargo mattress) physique shade.

As soon as inside, nevertheless, we extra readily discover Ford’s heritage. The driving place is intently linked to what we discover on board a Ranger. Just like the 12.3-inch digital cockpitcoupled with this 12-inch vertical central display screen. The cabin could be very nicely completed with this leather-based dashboardthese brushed aluminum inserts and these quite a few storage areas scattered all over the place.

For the remaining, we’ll discover all Volkswagen’s armada of driving aids, and that is normal. About twenty in complete! All this, whereas benefiting after all from a connectivité Apple Automotive Play et Android Auto.

Lastly, the rear seats don’t name for criticism. Right here we additionally really feel the producer’s heritage on the oval the place all passengers could have room on board.

Amarok : gare au malus

The brand new Amarok is obtainable in France from 53 700 €. Depend €66,850 for our check mannequin in Aventura end. If Volkswagen managed to avoid the ecological penalty in 2023 by approving its 4-seater pick-up, the arrival of the brand new scale of bonus/malus deliberate for 2024 will not give him a present.

With no pirouette on the a part of the producer to keep away from it once more, bear in mind that it will likely be mandatory add €60,000 to this Amarok. And this, whatever the diesel engine chosen…

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