Ranger V6 rocks, says VW boss
This article was first published on MotoringNZ.com.
A grunting V6 engine paired with a sophisticated full-time all-wheel drive system – an indication that elements that value the current Volkswagen Amarok here will be carried over from the next-generation Ford Ranger is the “Christmas is Coming Early” news for Volkswagen Commercial New Zealand’s boss Kevin Richards.
With Ford’s T6.2 ute also laying the foundation for a new Amarok slated to be unveiled sometime next year, the news is that a 3.0-liter V6 that runs through an essentially permanent all-wheel drive system is just that what Richards wanted to hear. Given the continued popularity of the current Amarok in this new Ford configuration.
“Seeing the Rangers is very exciting for us … we are very confident that they will give us a great stepping stone to take Amarok forward,” said Richards.
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“The teasers you (Ford) gave about the specification make it clear why you are working with the market leader.”
He says the information shared so far reinforces VW’s prudence in becoming loyal to Ford.
In particular, the powertrain news should allay any concerns of the German brand’s customers about the spirit of Amarok, which is in some way watered down by this agreement.
The V6 Amarok in its current form continues to be a huge success – the large engine simply revived the oldest competitor in the one-ton segment – and it looks just as good at the replacement.
Take a look behind the scenes of the development of the Amarok W580.
“The possibility of a V6 as part of the (Amarok) range is enormous for us – we have a dedicated customer base for precisely this type of engine.
“We found that people who get into V6s just don’t really want to get out of them … so (this news) gives us real opportunities.”
Regardless of how much Ford hardware is taken from VW, there will be no problem telling one model range from the other, says Richards.
“I can’t go into too much detail, but I can say that VW was there from the start and definitely has VW DNA in terms of this development, even if it is effectively on a Ford platform.
“It will not only be very distinctive from the outside, I think there will also be differences in the way you drive.”
The current Amarok will likely still be in the market when the new Ford Kiwis becomes available – possibly around June – but that won’t be a problem, Richards believes.
The demand for the current V6 is so strong that the order bank will extend well into 2022. He has not priced in the potential for his model to be subjected to special treatment when it leaves the market.
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