Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles unveiled the Amarok Single Cab at the 2011 Nampo Harvest Day Show in Bothaville, North West this week. The launch of the Single Cab completes the Amarok model range following the launch of the Double Cab in September 2010. The Double Cab has proven a popular choice with over 2500 units sold in South Africa by the end of April 2011.
South Africa has the largest single cab bakkie market in the world. Hence Volkswagen Group has identified South Africa as the first market globally to launch the Amarok Single Cab. In 2010, 39 938 one-ton single cab bakkies were sold in South Africa. At launch, the Amarok Single Cab will be available in two common rail diesel engines: the 2.0-litre 90 kW and 2.0-litre 120 kW BiTurbo. The four cylinder 90 kW engine generates 340 N.m of torque between 1 750 – 2 000 r/min, whilst the two-stage control bi-turbocharged 120 kW engine has maximum of torque of 400 N.m available at a low 1 500 r/min. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Similar to the Double Cab, the Single Cab is available with an option of selectable 4Motion all wheel drive as well as 4×2 rear wheel drive. For extra stability and strength, the Amarok Single Cab’s ladder frame chassis is supported by heavy duty springs. They allow the Amarok Single Cab to carry a payload up to 1 279 kg. The Amarok Single Cab’s loading width of 1 222 mm between the wheelhouses is the benchmark in its class. The loading width accomodates a standard size Euro pallet and six lashing eyes ensure that the load is safely secured.
Standard active safety features in the new single cab include Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Off-Road ABS, Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Anti Slip Regulation (ASR).
The Amarok Single Cab will go on sale in the first week of July 2011.