European Ute lovers will be ecstatic to learn that Volkswagen has confirmed that the new generation Amarok Ute will begin production in 2022 and will be built in Ford’s Silverton plant in South Africa. The latest car news is that the new Volkswagen Ute Amarok will have the same platform as the next generation Ford Ranger, which What To Ride has discerned will reach the Land Down Under 1 year before the VW Amarok.
Furthermore, it is not only the platform that the Volkswagen Amarok will share with the Ford Ranger but also the powertrains. Both Utes will use the next Rangers Ute engine; a 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel four-cylinder and a new 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel. The transmission on both Utes will be a six-speed manual and a 10-speed automatic transmission from Ford.
Volkswagen assured that their new car buyers will be able to buy the new Amarok in late 2022 to early 2023 due to the collaboration with Ford.
The German car-maker VW has confirmed its alliance with Ford – which will also assist the US car-makers use of VW’s MEB electric vehicle platform for a range of new Ford EVs for Europe. This will benefit both companies with expectations to produce eight million commercial vehicles over the 10-year alliance.
The new Ford Ranger and VW Amarok will be sharing the same mechanics with different exteriors and interiors to maintain each models DNA. However, that means Volkswagen Amarok might not keep the title of having the biggest Ute tub. This alliance will help both companies to utilize their strength- as the saying goes “two heads are better than one”!
Volkswagen stated that the new VW Amarok will still boast a powerful 3500kg towing capacity. VW are also planning to include the petrol V6 and petrol hybrid Ute variants from the new Ford Ranger.
There is no information yet on if the new VW Amarok will have all the same body types available as Ford Ranger.
Ford and Volkswagens agreement to collaborate in the commercial vehicle and electric vehicle EV spaces will strengthen the two car companies and support each other in overcoming their weaknesses.