Plug-in hybrid on the cards for the 2022 VW Amarok

Volkswagen sent out a second round of digital renders of the 2022 VW Amarok, this time however, we get to see a clearer sketch of the pickup which is closely related to the incoming Ford Ranger. While it is suffice to say that the new Amarok will be an evolution of its predecessor, larger changes are expected under the bonnet where a plug-in hybrid is expected to be on offer for the first time.

2023 VW Amarok front teaser
Ford will manufacture the new Amarok at its South African plant from 2022. Image: Volkswagen

According to reports, including the latest article on CarsGuide.com.au, the Amarok hybrid will use a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with a combination of at least one electric motor. While details are scarce about the parent of this engine – whether it is a Ford or a VW mill – we take an educated guess that the hybrid pickup will have an American heart.

Ford’s Europe spokesperson had commented in February that the company’s commercial range of vehicles including the new Ford Ranger will be ‘zero-emission’ capable by 2024. As per reports, the Ranger Hybrid will debut an all new hybrid setup which hasn’t been seen in a Ford vehicle till date.

The setup in question will use a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo engine with a 10-speed transmission combined with an electric motor to develop 362 hp and 680 Nm of torque (270 kW and 502 lb.-ft). Aside from a hybrid variant on the new VW Amarok, regular combustion variants will see four- and six-cylinder units of petrol and diesel engines.

2023 VW Amarok official sketch
A successor to the VW Amarok was possible thanks to the partnership with Ford, the Germans have acknowledged. Image: Volkswagen

The VW Group acknowledged that a successor to the Amarok would not have been possible without the tie-up with Ford Motor. The partnership will also extend to Ford manufacturing the new Amarok at its Silverton plant in South Africa from 2022. Ford and VW deepen collaboration as the former intends on using the MEB to generate products for the European markets.

VW Amarok Hybrid FAQ

What is the VW Amarok hybrid release date?

The hybrid variant of the new VW Amarok should be introduced by end of 2023.

Which pickup trucks will rival the VW Amarok?

Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton and Mazda BT-50 in the European market; not to forget its sister product Ford Ranger.

What will be the price of the VW Amarok Hybrid?

Expect the VW Amarok Hybrid to cost from about 25,000 EUR.

Featured image source: VW