Amarok and Transporter gain upgrades for 2012
After making its appearance on the Australian market only as a crew-cab ute, Volkswagen is now growing the Amarok range by increasing options to include a single-cab ute or cab-chassis. As reported in our last issue, there’s also an eight-speed fluid automatic transmission due for release to our market.
Aimed to be on the Australian domestic market by mid-year, the single-cab version of the Amarok can now offer a deck length increased by some 650 mm.
Currently released only onto the German market, in 2012 we can expect VW to fastrack the supply, now that it’s also being manufactured in Germany in addition to the original base of Argentina.
The length of the ute load bed has been extended by 650 mm to 2,205 mm, all achieved within the overall vehicle length and wheelbase as compared with the four-door, double-cab Amarok. The additional deck length means this version can easily accommodate two Euro pallets crosswise, one behind the other, leaving another 600 mm of bed length available. The width between the wheel arches remains unchanged, at 1,220 mm, to give a total load area volume of 3.57 m2. Load security is provided by the six fastening rings that come as standard.
In order to maximise occupant comfort, the single-cab is longer than some other competitors, so that valuable items can also be easily stowed behind both seats, with plenty of room left over to find the optimal seat position.
The Amarok SingleCab is powered by the 2.0-litre TDI engine with 90 kW or with the Bi-turbo diesel engine with 120 kW. Driveline options include rear-wheel drive or selectable four-wheel drive 4MOTION with reduction gearing – both in connection with a six-speed manual gearbox. The eight-speed automatic does not offer a low range alternative.
Volkswagen is justifiably proud of the fuel economy available with this 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, rating the 90 kW SingleCab version with rear-wheel drive at 7.2 l/100 km, with a CO2 output of 189 g/km.
In addition to electronic differential locks, a mechanical differential lock is also optionally available on the rear axle for both drive versions. The heavy-duty suspension enables a maximum load rating of up to 1.248 tonnes.
Safety continues to remain at a very high level. This includes the ESP system as standard, as well as front airbags for driver and front passenger, plus head/thorax airbags, and the ute is classified as a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
As well as the base vehicle with a black front bumper, a style pack is also available for the single-cab with a front bumper painted to match the colour of the vehicle, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, as well as an extensive range of other optional equipment, including a high-grade navigation system.
Moving over from utes to vans and people movers brings us to the latest upgrades in equipment for the Transporter Multivan Business.
Aimed at the upper luxury people mover and hire car segment of the passenger carrying market, this mix between a mobile conference room and a comfortable cruiser has a lot to commend it.
The new Multivan Business is the latest top-of-the-range model in the Multivan series. The Business takes the Highline equipment package as its basis, and is synonymous with superior comfort for business travellers. The rear compartment provides an unrivalled and exclusive mobile environment, with a total of six seats that are perfect for travelling in luxury.
The luxury level of inclusions here extends to authentic wooden surfaces and Nappa leather seats, and is accentuated by striking wooden inlays. Two captain-style chairs with integrated three-point belts, in the third row, match the luxurious atmosphere with a high level of safety in the rear compartment.
The individual seats in the rear are heated and feature electric adjustment. An integrated cool box keeps drinks and snacks fresh for the journey, while the remote-controlled auxiliary heating can be used to heat the interior to the required temperature. The sliding multifunction table is practical to use and can be slotted between the seats in the second row to save space.
The Multivan Business is equipped with wireless internet, and the Digital Voice Enhancement system (DVE) facilitates free and easy communication between vehicle occupants by boosting the volume of their voices, automatically, via the vehicle speakers.
The Dynaudio sound system is tailored to the Multivan’s interior for high-quality listening enjoyment, and a multimedia socket for iPods and iPhones is also available.
A rear-seat entertainment system consisting of a DVD player with 10-inch monitor that can be folded down from the roof lining is available as an optional extra. Other standard features include the RNS 510 radio navigation system, a multifunction steering wheel, the ParkPilot parking assistance system with reversing camera, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors, a mobile telephone system, lane change assistant and tyre monitor display.
Passive occupant protection systems include side and curtain airbags in the front, and curtain airbags in the rear. Privacy glazing, two electric sliding doors, 17-inch alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights add to the upper level specification.
Power comes from two diesel TDI engines (103 kW and 132 kW) or the petrol-fuelled 150 kW TSI engine. All engines can be combined with the 7-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, which is electronically controlled. Pricing and the exact date of introduction have yet to be confirmed for Australia.
If your interests lie purely in commercial goods, rather than human cargo, then the latest upgrades to the Crafter range should to your tastes.
The new Volkswagen Crafter features the latest version of the BiTurbo, offering engines in all three performance classes, which comply with the strict EEV emissions standards.
The newly-launched, second BiTurbo engine in the Crafter range has a maximum torque of 340 Nm available in a range from 1,575 to 2,250 rpm. When equipped with the optional BlueMotion technology, the Crafter panel van consumes just 7.8 l/100 km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 205 g/km.
The 105 kW engine consumes 0.2 litres less than the 100 kW version and already complies with Euro 5 emissions standards. The customer now has the choice of a particularly low-emission engine in the 100 kW performance class, which can also accommodate high loads (kerb weight over 2,815 kg). This new engine is also available for the 5-tonne Crafter 50, also fulfilling the strict emissions values of EEV standards (EEV – Enhanced Environmentally Friendly Vehicle).
The Crafter will now have four output versions to choose from: 80, 100, 105 and 120 kW. Each of the four variants has a 2.0-litre TDI with common-rail direct injection technology. The new 105 kW Crafter is also available to order as a panel van or as a chassis-cab in Europe, and it remains to be seen if these options are also made available in Australia.