First interior and driving shots of the facelift Amarok ‘Aventura’ launch model.

‘Aventura’ launch model with electrically adjustable ergonomic seats, premium display and reversing camera.

The interior offers an attractive cockpit, including a colour multi-function display for the Aventura launch model and state-of-the-art radio/navigation systems. For the driver and front-seat passenger, the Amarok also provides 14-way adjustable ergoComfort seats, which have already won awards for their back-friendliness.


Superior and robust: with its charisma and precision, the facelift Amarok will also thrill traditional SUV customers. At home both on and off the road, this pick-up achieves 550 Newton metres of torque and 165 kW / 224 PS at his highest power output level. It can reach a top speed of 193 kilometres per hour and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.

The Amarok is an attractive alternative thanks to its high seat position, good all-round visibility and high-quality interior. This is how elegant and comfortable driving both on and off made-up roads can be. And, despite its impressive size, getting into the Amarok is easy. Doors that swing open wide and – depending on the design variant – grab handles on the A and B-pillars help you climb into the cab.

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One of the highlights of the facelift Amarok’s interior are the new electrically adjustable ergoComfort seats for the driver and front-seat passenger, which provide plenty of head and legroom. This is, above all, thanks to the height-adjustable front seats, which can also be moved a long way back.

They feature sporty contoured side bolsters that have been optimised to provide maximum comfort and top ergonomic characteristics. The optional electric 14-way driver and front passenger seats can be individually adjusted to suit personal body size. The seat height and longitudinal position can be adjusted at the push of a button, the degree and width of lumbar support can be changed and the backrest and seat cushion angle set. The seat depth can also be adjusted manually. With nappa leather seat covers, contrasting stitching and additional seat heating, the Amarok caters for discerning customers.

The redesigned instrument panel also immediately catches the eye: striking features of the design of the new instrument panel architecture include the emphasis on horizontal lines, the clear division of the surfaces and the precision of the folds and edges. Doing away with round contours and concentrating on horizontal and vertical lines makes the interior appear more striking and pronounced. Numerous storage compartments make life easier for the passengers.

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The multifunction steering wheel also makes it easier for the driver to operate the radio, telephone or multifunction display. The ‘Aventura’ launch model comes with a colour 3D display between the classic round instruments. The driver can use the new, optional paddle switches on the steering wheel (standard in the ‘Aventura’) to control the 8-speed automatic transmission, while the frameless rear-view mirror, in combination with the optional Light and Sight package, heightens the upmarket look and sporting character of the Amarok’s interior.

At the very top of the centre console, and thus directly in the driver’s field of vision, is the infotainment system, allowing well thought-out, ergonomic operation. Equipped with features such as App Connect, it is possible for example, to integrate smartphone apps via a USB interface in order to be able to access them via the infotainment system’s touchscreen. Both the ‘Composition Media’ and ‘Discover Media’ infotainment systems come with digital voice enhancement. This electric voice amplification makes communicating during the journey easier. The hands-free microphone amplifies the voice signals so that the driver no longer, for instance, has to turn to face the back-seat passengers or raise their voice. Passengers on the back seat hear the person’s voice amplified by the rear loudspeakers.

Stainless steel pedals (exclusive to the ‘Aventura’) and black trim, divided from door to door by a bar in contrasting colour, round of the appearance of the Amarok’s interior. Air-conditioning system, Bluetooth connection and up to four 12-volt power supply sockets are also included.

John Frear, head of Commercial Vehicles for Volkswagen New Zealand commented; “With our first viewing of the facelift Amarok’s new interior look and feel, it certainly appears that Volkswagen are continuing to challenge the market by way of bridging that gap between the comfort and style of a passenger vehicle or SUV versus a traditional ute. Since the initial release information around facelift Amarok earlier in May, it’s not surprising that we have seen significant levels of interest around this new model. Exciting times ahead.”

Pricing and specification for New Zealand will be released over the coming months and Volkswagen NZ are expecting to have this updated Amarok in showrooms from the end of the year. Numbers will be limited and with anticipation already high, as a thank you to existing owners we will give preference to existing Amarok customers.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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