As the battle heats up at the premium end of the ute market, Volkswagen has added a new variant, the Sportline, to the Amarok V6 range.
The Amarok Sportline V6 will lower the entry price to the V6 range to a retail price of $55,490 before on-roads.
The Sportline, a nameplate found in Skoda’s model range will give Volkswagen more scope to compete with the incoming Mercedes-Benz X-Class.
Taking a swipe at Mercedes, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Carlos Santos said: "Amarok V6's technology derives wholly from within the Volkswagen Group. We have not had to look to Japan for a donor vehicle.”
"Amarok remains the only V6 turbo diesel ute on the market, a space it alone will occupy for some time to come."
The 165kW (180kW on overboost) and 550Nm V6 will initially be mated to an eight-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.
Interestingly, A six-speed manual Sportline V6 arrives in Australia next year.
Amarok Sportline V6 TDI550 4x4 Automatic Specifications:
3.0l V6 Turbo Diesel
165kw of power                               
180kw with Overboost
550 Nm of Torque
Permanent 4x4
8-speed Automatic
Combined fuel consumption, 9.0L / 100km
4-wheel disc brakes
18" 'Manaus' alloy wheels
Front and rear parking sensors
Rear-view camera
Dual-zone climate control air conditioning
6.33–inch Composition media with App-connect
Dual Apple CarPlay
4 x 12v USB sockets (inc. tray)
Tinted rear windows
Mechanical diff-lock
Amarok Sportline V6 pricing (excluding on-road costs):
TDI550 4x4 Automatic - $55,490
Please note: The images are of the Amarok Highline V6. At this stage, Volkswagen has not released images of the Sportline V6.
Let’s start a Car Conversation, will Volkswagen be able to maintain or grow the Amarok’s market share, or will the incoming X-Class steal its thunder?