At the recent inaugural Volkswagen Indaba hosted in Kariega, Eastern Cape, company CEO Martina Biene announced officially that a new Amarok performance bakkie (pickup) would arrive in Mzansi later this year. Biene was extremely shy on the details of this car, committing only to saying it will pack 222kW of power.

This made me think of the previous-generation, range-topping Amarok V6 TDI, which pushed out 200kW on overboost, as well as 580Nm of torque. I had hoped the car announced at the Indaba would yes, make at least 200kW, and 650Nm. That was based on the assumption that it would use the company 3.0-litre V6 TDI already found in current Amarok. But alas.

It appears this model – although it will carry over 200kW as per my wish – the motor installed is the 2.3-litre Ecoboost turbo petrol sourced from partner Ford. Not only does that motor offer “only” 450Nm, but it also has the obvious consumption penalty expected from a petrol engine. Of course we haven’t driven this car as yet, so we’ll give it a chance when it arrives. We just hope it lives up to expectation. And no, I am not comparing it to its cousin the Ford Ranger Raptor with a bigger, much more powerful V6 engine.

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