The Amarok and Ranger models were developed together in order for both automakers to save on costs. Volkswagen pushed for the retention of the six-cylinder model, while Ford let its Australian branch develop a sturdy chassis – because where else do they know off-road pick-ups than in Australia?
The result is a self-confident car that, with well-chosen tires and additional protection of the chassis groups, will not get stuck even on really difficult terrain. But at the same time, it can look quite stylish. Volkswagen has only the roof in common with Ford in terms of bodywork, then the external handles and rear-view mirror covers are the same – otherwise, each car company did its own body design.
In the interior, the changes are minor, any experienced “Volkswagenista” will immediately recognize that something is not right here – the infotainment has a vertical display, the buttons and other controls are also unlike anything from other Volkswagens. But it’s not bad, the Amarok’s interior has a very high-quality, sometimes even luxurious feel, although of course it must be taken into account that I had the second best equipment of the PanAmericana in the test.
The six-cylinder engine under the hood is also produced by Ford, it is excellently soundproofed and has velvety smooth operation. In exchange for a little more consumption (but 11 liters in a 3.3-tonne work pick-up is no big deal) it gives you a carefree supply of torque for off-road, tarmac and city driving.
You can see my other insights from weekly testing in the video.