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Amarok Territus Takes Things Up a Notch

March 5, 2023 / 0 Comments / 1043 / ATL News, News, Volkswagen

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VW has decided to up the ante with this model variant of the Amarok, which is known as the Territus. Armed with imposing 265/60/R18 all-terrain mud tyres, that are both huge and wide in dimensions, it immediately stands out on the road. This version of the Amarok, which started production in 2010, comes with side steps, black wheel arches, and anti-rolling bars to give it a rugged look.

To the back of the twin cab is a black bedliner, which is able to manage loads of up to 911kg and has a designated light. Up front are halogen headlights with range adjustment and a blacked-out front grille, with fog lights below.

Though it is still in its first generation, the interior has been tweaked to look more modernised as well as improved in functionality. For example, there is a slight protrusion where the centre display and a/c units are. This helps with air circulation as each unit is angled towards the driver and passenger, respectively.

Where the display is concerned, it is monochrome with touchscreen functionalities. This might be a bummer for some as many drivers have become accustomed to colour screens, however, the more basic a pickup is, the better it is for me. Call me old-fashioned, but the less technology the more durable things are, plus everything functions in a streamline manner, such as pairing your phone or adjusting the audio setting.

What kind of surprised me was the quality of the six speakers. Every time I get a vehicle to test-drive, I go into the audio settings and level all the options, like treble and bass to zero, as this gives me true feedback from the speakers. After this was done, the music sounded clear and powerful in a manner that rivalled a lot of high- end vehicles.

On the top of the dashboard is a storage area, with a rubber surface, to ensure that whatever is placed there doesn’t slide around, and there is also a charging port. The Territus is littered with these ports. There is even a 12V power outlet in the load area. These are the type of things I like to see in pickups because they are most likely going to be used as fleet vehicles, so practicality is essential.

An area where it loses some points is the size of the storage bins in the door. Unfortunately, they are not large enough in girth to hold a 2-litre water bottle, hence you will have to rely on the two cup holders in the centre console.

Driving Experience

For around-town driving the 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel is very nippy, and it pushes out 180hp, which ensures that you can move as quickly as most SUVs.

However, most persons who buy a pickup are interested in how it performs off-road. I remember when the Amarok first launched, it was as though VW was trying to make a casual-lifestyle pickup that competed with the Honda Ridgeline. Well, now the company seems fully committed to building a utilitarian pickup to compete with the likes of Toyota Hilux and Nissan Frontier.

The Amarok uses a permanent four-wheel-drive system called 4Motion which has the ability to shift power to 80% to the rear and 60% to the front. This helps a lot with the intelligent ‘Off-Road’ option which uses a very active hill descent control and anti-brake system. I did notice that this option uses more gas than normal, as it is constantly applying pressure to the ventilated discs brakes, which was a bummer when I was using the petrol version. Luckily, this time, I was driving the diesel variant, and the fuel consumption is very impressive as it can take you on a roundtrip from Kingston to Negril without refilling the tank.

With a ground clearance of 19.2 cm (7.6 inch) and a towing capacity of 3,200 KG, the Amarok definitely means business this time around. It is clear it is ready to get down and dirty with the industry stalwart as it shifts its focus to being fully utilitarian.

Price of tested model: $8,495,000 (full duty)

Price Range/Options: $7,995,000 Comfortline, (full duty)

Engine: 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel

Torque: 420NM/1,500-2,000RPM

Transmission: 4X4 (4Motion)

Fuel tank: 80-litre

Competition: Mazda BT50, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Hilux

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The Amarok Means Business

October 21, 2021 / 0 Comments / 1526 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Volkswagen

With the massive success of the VW Beetle, which was a quirky designed vehicle that was intended to be reliable and economical, you would think the company would do more experimental vehicles like this. Instead, they played it safe over the years, with winning models like the Golf, Polo and Passat.

It wasn’t until 2010, when VW decided to shake up the auto world once more by launching their first commercial pickup, the Amarok. Built in a traditional sense with a body on frame, it offered a single and double cab, which drew interest from all over.

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Now available to order: the new Golf GTI

September 10, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1870 / ATL News, New Models, Sales, Volkswagen
  • Eighth generation of the Golf GTI with 180 kW / 245 PS is an efficient high-tech compact sports car
  • Networked Vehicle Dynamics Manager guarantees a new level of added performance
  • The unmistakable style of the GTI is extremely popular: more than 2.3 million cars have been sold since 1976

Digital, networked, sharper design and more active driving dynamics than ever before: with the new Golf GTI, Volkswagen again significantly raises the bar in the sporty compact class. The result is a Golf GTI that combines maximum dynamics with maximum comfort. The new GTI is available to order now. (Golf GTI with 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox)

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VW Touareg Continues to Evolve

June 19, 2020 / 1 Comments / 1782 / ATL News, Volkswagen

Believe it or not, there are some among us who would rather not have their wealth on display. That doesn’t mean they want to be slumming it either. They want to retain the trappings of luxury without the unwanted attention. It’s at this moment the Volkswagen Touareg, the brand’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV), steps in.

From the outside, the Touareg is attractive with its conservative styling. It looks similar to several other upmarket rivals, and will fit in well with whatever is filling those upper St Andrew parking lots, but it won’t pull the unnecessary attention. The Touareg saves that for the inside.

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Golf GTI Remains Timeless

March 26, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1338 / ATL News, Volkswagen

Auto Review – The Golf Remains Timeless

The Golf has been in VW’s showroom since 1974 and has spanned eight generations. Some may know it as the Rabbit. Whatever the name, this front-wheel-drive vehicle has always been fun to operate.

Its compact size makes it easy to manoeuvre, and this is evident by the fact that it is VW’s best-selling model.

The silhouette remains the same, with, overall, sleeker edges that help to future-proof it for years to come. The bonnet and front bumper compress the front grille into a thin strip, with the VW badge in the centre. Despite being very minimal, the red radiator grille louvres give the Golf a sporty appearance. At the ends are the angular headlights that run into the side panels, with the LED indicator lights stopping short over the wheel arches.

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2020 VW Golf GTI: Hatchback Heaven

January 24, 2020 / 2 Comments / 1899 / ATL News, Volkswagen

There may be those who question whether the Volkswagen Golf GTI was the first hot hatchback. What can’t be questioned is since that iconic original, it has defined and refined the formula of injecting fun-to-drive characteristics into a practical everyday automotive package.

Since then, many rivals have been on either side of that spectrum, performance that compromises liveability or not enough to overcome the dullness of the daily grind.

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VW Tiguan gets more impressive

December 9, 2019 / 0 Comments / 1353 / ATL News, Volkswagen

TAKE the already impressive Volkswagen Tiguan sport utility vehicle, slather it in some R-Line upgrades from the brand’s performance division and you have a vehicle filled to the gills with practicality, technology and performance far beyond its market segment peers.

On the outside, the R-Line differentiates itself instantly as the R-Line additions add plenty of visual aggression to the svelte styling of the regular Tiguan. Wheels are bigger, broader and blacker.

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VW Amarok Canyon – Sedan of PickUps

September 20, 2019 / 0 Comments / 2027 / ATL News, Volkswagen

WHEN the Volkswagen (VW) Amarok came out in 2010, the pickup market was experiencing a paradigm shift. No longer was the pickup a crude tool for commercial operation. The modern pickup had to be just as competent on the job site as it was off it, handling family duties and more personal endeavours with the expected refinement of a sedan or a sport utility vehicle.

The 2019 Volkswagen Amarok Canyon injects even more into the formula that won the vehicle the International Pickup Award for 2018 and the 2019 WhatCar? Pickup Award.

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Amarok voted Pick-Up of the Year

August 23, 2019 / 0 Comments / 1149 / ATL News, Awards, Volkswagen

Fresh off winning the International Pick-Up Award for 2018, the Volkswagen Amarok has been awarded another trophy, this time Pick-Up of the Year 2019 by United Kingdom monthly automobile magazine and website WhatCar?

Giving the vehicle a five-star rating, WhatCar? described the Volkswagen Amarok as a “brilliant pick-up that is great to drive and practical, with a well-built and comfortable interior”.

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The Tiguan Is Expanding To A New Class

July 31, 2019 / 0 Comments / 1460 / ATL News, Volkswagen

The previous Tiguan was built on the Volkswagen B6 Passat chassis, which gave it car-like agility with the dimensions of a SUV. Now in its second generation, the Tiguan is looking bulkier as it rests on a bigger frame. Gone are the circular sheet metals, replaced by a more angular one, to give it an aggressive appearance, as well as a new design theme.

The character line, which runs through the side panels and is incorporated into the door handles, gives a distinctive visual appeal. Surprisingly, while bigger in dimension, it does weigh less than the previous generation. To complete the look, VW added beefier low-profile 19” tyres, with the ability to grip any road.

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