By Theodore Opara
THE Volkswagen Centre, renowned distributors of Volkswagen products has unveiled some of Volkswagen latest commercial vehicle range including Amarok, Caddy, Multivan, Transporter and the 30-seater Crafter bus.
Volkswagen commercial vehicles (Utes) are a replica of the passenger cars and SUV models but are fortified with technically advanced engines that deliver more power and less fuel consumption.
Mr. Manish Daryanani, Head – Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen Centre Lagos gave this remark in his presentation of the new Volkswagen commercial range to the local automobile media.
He said Volkswagen has consistently improved on its commercial range to give them an edge over competitions.
The Volkswagen Amarok pick-up for instance is particularly “More than good enough to worry competitions such as Toyota, Nissan, Ford and Mitsubishi,” Mr. Daryanani swanked.
But what distinguishes the Volkswagen Amarok? Mr. Daryanani said the Amarok is Volkswagen’s first pick-up and a direct competitor to the ubiquitous Toyota Hilux.
Built on a platform at the Pacheco factory in Buenos Aires, this German engineered Amarok gets a classy, aggressive interpretation of the VW grille, a six-speed manual gearbox, low-range transfer box, permanent four-wheel drive, locking centre and rear differentials as well as the latest direct-injection twin-turbo 2.0-litre petrol engine that delivers 118kw (160bhp), while the diesel 4WD delivers 90kw (122bhp) with traction/stability control.
The Volkswagen Amarok also sounds admirable when viewed against an unprecedented torque generated from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine compared with either the Toyota Hilux’s 2.7-litre or 3.0-litre or Nissan 3.0-litre V6 and Ford/Mazda 3.2-litre five-cylinder.
And with a pair of turbochargers, the VW Amarok TDI420 delivers quick performance, good fuel efficiency and strong towing capability with low cost of maintenance due to longer service intervals (10, 000kms or six months).
Volkswagen’s reputation for quality interiors also translates to the Amarok despite its workhorse status. Though clad with hard plastics – for the sake of durability – Amarok has the classiest dual-cab ute interior design – thanks to instrument dials, heating and ventilation controls and an infotainment screen that clearly compares with Golf and Passat.
Unlike competitions, the (large) door bins of the Amarok are carpeted and none of its rivals as yet has matched the satisfying door-closing thuds of the VW that enhances its reputation for build quality.
The Volkswagen Amarok TDI420 comes in a choice of two trim grades: Trendline and Highline for the Nigerian market.
Multifunction steering wheel
The Trendline feature highlights include fog lights, 4-speaker audio, leather gearlever, handbrake and multifunction steering wheel, Bluetooth with audio streaming, 16-inch alloy wheels, full-size spare, electric side mirrors, and cruise control.
Highline additions include rear parking sensors, higher-grade audio with six speakers, stainless steel side steps and sports bar, chrome exterior touches, 17-inch alloy wheels with extended wheelarches, rear privacy glass, and dual-zone climate.
Couple with these is classy, aggressive interpretation of the VW grille, a six-speed gearbox, low-range transfer box, permanent four-wheel drive, locking centre and rear differentials, with the latest direct-injection, twin-turbo 2.0-litre engine with traction/stability control.