Ever since the Amarok was first presented, back in 2010, it always made sense to have an SUV version of it. Body-on-frame SUVs are still very much appreciated by customers, as the Chevrolet Trailbrazer and the Toyota SW4 demonstrate. Even Ford has done one based on the Ranger and called it Everest and Nissan is also planning to create one based on the Frontier/Navara. So it comes as no surprise that Volkswagen confirms it is toying with the idea, even if it is still nothing certain, as Carlos Santos, Volkswagen Group Australia Commercial Vehicles director has stated. “It’s not confirmed yet but it’s been going on since the start of Amarok”, he has told Motoring.com.au. “There is some very serious development happening at the moment for an SUV based on Amarok, which will be quite a large passenger vehicle.” By large you can understand a 3-seat row vehicle, probably for 7 passengers.
Ironically, the SUV variant, which you can see in the renderings above, will come as a byproduct of Dieselgate. Since the 2.0 4-cylinder engine called EA288 was the main responsible for the scandal, it has been replaced in the Amarok by a 3.0 V6 turbodiesel that is already sold in the USA. The change has not only made the Amarok more desirable, but it has also increased the potential for the Amarok SUV to be sold in the American market. As well as the Amarok itself. That is important because an Amarok SUV would only make sense if it could be sold in large volumes. And the USA may provide the minimum volumes VW consider to be necessary.
This increase in volume will require the production of more 3.0 V6. And that has apparently already been handled with moving the Amarok production from Germany to the Czech Republic. The Amarok is also produced in Argentina, so the version sold in the USA could come from South America instead of Europe. That can make the Amarok SUV available to Latin America as well. We will surely have more on the new vehicle in a matter of months. If it makes sense to Volkswagen, as it makes for us, there is no reason for this car not to exist.