Volkswagen launches 1st pickup in Saudi
Jeddah, March 19, 2012
Volkswagen has entered Saudi Arabia’s lucrative medium-sized pickup market with the launch of its latest offering Amarok, via Samaco, its exclusive dealer in the kingdom.
Volkswagen Samaco’s director, Philip Burrluck, said that the new pickup – a first by the German manufacturer – meets every lifestyle need with its unprecedented features in the segment.
Burrluck said the Amarok features the same comfort and safety levels as a passenger car. Its cabin accommodates five, the rear seats can be folded in for greater space and the wide doors offer easier entry and exit.
The Amarok’s large dimensions grant it immense road presence. Its aggressive design cues tie in with its name, which means “loves rocks” in Spanish and “wolf” in an Eskimo dialect.
The car measures 5250 mm long and 1900 mm wide and has a loading space of 2.52 sq m, which can accommodate up to 1150 kilograms. The car can even tow a trailer weighing 2800 kg.
Powered by a 120 kW / 163 PS 2-litreTDI featuring Common Rail Direct Injection with two-stage control bi-turbo charging, the Amarok generates a maximum torque of 400 Newton-meter at a low 1,500 rpm with a fuel consumption 7.6 litres diesel per 100 kilometers.
Volkswagen also offers a second engine variant with the 90 kW / 122 PS 2-litre TDI. Its technology includes a turbocharger with Variable Turbine Geometry. The “small” TDI already develops an impressive torque of 340 Newton-meter from 1,750 rpm.
This engine consumes just 7.5 litres per 100 km. Both engines comply with the 200 g/km CO2 emissions limit that Euro-5 regulations require.
The car is equipped with Torsen differential discs, known for their traction control and stability, also a rarity in this segment. It distributes drive forces variably between the front and rear axles with power distributed 40:60 in the default setting.
Along with driver and front passenger airbags, the Amarok offers head/thorax airbags, another rarity in this segment. Also included are height-adjustable head restraints and three-point safety belts at all seating positions. In front, the belts have belt tensioners and on the driver’s side, a visual and acoustic belt warning system.
The high performance Climate Control with semi-automatic electronic temperature control is standard equipment, as is a radio with a CD player, a multi-functional display, a cruise control system and front fog lamps. 16-inch alloy wheels emphasize the truck’s strong image.
The Amarok Highline offers exclusive features such as a chrome rear bumper, chrome accents outside and inside the vehicle and body colored wing flares that create space for the 17-inch alloy wheels.
In addition, the top equipment line is characterized by a colour contrasting instrument panel, an automatic climate control system that offers exceptional comfort, a high performance sound system and premium fabric seat covers. – TradeArabia News Service
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