Australian edition of Cars Guide has suggested that the new generation Volkswagen Amarok, which is built on the same platform as the Ford Ranger, may get a “charged” version with the prefix R on Ranger Raptor units. The journalists turned to the local representative office of the Volkswagen commercial division, where they were told that such an option was not ruled out – but only on the condition that Ford would allow the company to use its developments.
Ranger Raptor should debut in February. There are no technical details about the new car, but it is expected that it will receive either a three-liter twin-turbo V6 from the Explorer ST, or a turbocharged six-cylinder engine from the Bronco. Cars Guide suggests that the same setup could be offered for an Amarok with an R prefix.
There is another option that the automaker is also considering – in Australia there is an engineering firm Walkinshaw Performance, with which Volkswagen has already collaborated. For several years in a row, Walkinshaw Performance has created various modifications of the Amarok for the local market, such as the off-road-oriented Amarok W580.
More details about the model will appear closer to the premiere, which will take place this summer. In the meantime, it is known that the production of the next Amarok will be organized at the plant in General Pacheco, Argentina, and then the assembly will be arranged at the Ford plant in Silverton, South Africa.